State fire marshal investigating Mecca barn, house fire

Staff report


The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a Saturday afternoon blaze that destroyed a township house and barn and is trying to determine the fate of a man who threatened suicide.

The fire was reported after a man who lived at the home at 4894 North Park Ave. N.E. had threatened to kill himself.

The man hadn’t been located Saturday night, and his cellular phone was either turned off or not functioning. No one else was injured.

Calls to Trumbull County 911 began about 3:15 p.m. with reports of flames coming out of the roof of a barn at 4894 North Park Ave. N.E.

One caller reported explosions coming from the barn.

A female caller told 911 dispatchers that she told her husband, 53, that she wanted a divorce and he texted her, threatening suicide.

Steve Sabulsky, a Trumbull County deputy sheriff, said when the first officer arrived on the scene, he heart gunshots. It was later determined to be ammunition stored in the barn that was going off because of the heat, the deputy said.

Sabulsky said when officers arrived, the barn was fully engulfed. They secured the scene.

“We had a report of a guy with a gun who was suicidal,” he said.

Smoke could be seen coming from the house’s roof as officers approached.

“When I got to the door, smoke was coming out between the door and the doorjamb,” the deputy said.

Smoke was so heavy, you couldn’t see in the windows, so officers backed off because of safety concerns, he said.

The barn and house were destroyed by separate fires.

Fire crews remained on the scene late into Saturday evening.

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