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10 vacant houses burned in past week in Youngstown

Published: Sat, May 12, 2012 @ 7:19 p.m.


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.

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1rmzrez(114 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey Viny they are chasing shoplifters at Home Depot . Big time crime

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2VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

...as the weather heats up, so do some of our finest...

Shoplifting at Home Depot? No way! With all those cameras and employees milling about? Why, I can't even get a box of 12-2 wire by myself anymore because they are all wired down.

If anyone is shoplifting, they must know the internal prevention systems and when they are at their weakest. This "shrinkage" is a growing problem costing retail billions of dollars every year. Our shrinking economy and high unemployment has developed "smart" shoppers and opportunistic underpaid employees. Businesses now have their own "background check" of former employees across the industry who have been "let go" because of theft. In many cases, theft is not reported to the police. I know of one Manager who suspected 2 men of shoplifting, so she questioned them and then asked them to empty their pockets. They unloaded pockets full of merchandise, then left the store. The merchandise was discovered to be from a competing store. The manager never called the police or even obtained their names.

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3majick(34 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Random arsons....that's one way to clean up the city!! Probably tired of waiting for the beaurocrats to get around to it.

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4prodgodq(150 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm not an arson investigator, but there does seem to be a pattern here: All of the houses were vacant. I'm curious as to why the fire chief would immediately rule out a motive. If it were totally random, why is it that only abandoned houses are being targeted?

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5southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Prepare for a wild Summer!

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