Woman dies after Boardman apartment blaze
A woman rescued by Boardman firefighters at the scene of a Monday morning apartment fire has died in the hospital.
The fire broke out at 8:19 a.m. at Mill Creek Village Apartments on Lockwood Boulevard. Boardman firefighters were at the three-story 6849 Lockwood building within four minutes of the call, dispatchers said.
Boardman Fire Chief George Brown said Monday night that resident Shawna Carney, 45, died in St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she had been taken after the fire.
The state fire marshal is investigating the cause and that his department would not issue a preliminary ruling.
“We rescued one victim. ... Everyone [was] evacuated,” said Boardman Assistant Fire Chief Tim Drummond.
Drummond said when firefighters arrived, flames were sprouting from the roof. The fire spread from 6849 Lockwood Blvd. to the apartment to the left, 6847, but fire crews had contained it from taking over most of that neighboring building.
Brown said fire crews from Austintown and Canfield assisted, and by about 12 p.m., the firefighters had the fire out and were beginning “salvage and overhaul” to make sure nothing was smoldering.
“The firefighters did an outstanding job,” Brown said.
The third floor and roof sustained the most damage, though Brown did not describe it as a total loss. The second and first floors of the building have smoke and water damage, but residents should be able to sort through belongings soon, he added.