10 vacant houses burned in past week in Youngstown


Arson has destroyed at least 10 vacant houses in the city during the past week in what Fire Chief John J. O’Neill Jr. says seems to be “completely random.”

“We don’t think we have one or two guys running around setting fires,” O’Neill said. “There’s no pattern.”

When asked if that’s worse than having a fire-bug, O’Neill said, “Yeah, it is. We don’t have a cause as to why this is happening. They’re so sporadic. We’re going east. We’re going south. We’re going north.”

Two arsons destroyed vacant houses early Saturday.

Someone “fire bombed” a two-story structure at 715 Fairgreen Ave. at 1:21 a.m. Saturday, according to a fire report.

Less than an hour before, at 12:44 a.m., firefighters responded to a blaze at 90 E. Evergreen Avenue.

And firefighters also responded to a couple cases of arson to vacant houses Friday.

For the complete story, read Sunday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.

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