Warren battles two fires less than a mile apart

Nearby fires remain under investigation, no potential causes at this time

Warren battles two fires less than a mile apart

Staff report


The Warren Fire Department is investigating two fires that gutted homes early Friday.

The first fire occurred at a vacant home at 248 Sidells Court NE. The two-story home was a total loss, said Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle. The fire department received the call at 2:48 p.m.

The house was valued at $25,000 and it is unknown if the owner had insurance on the building, he said.

The second fire was reported at 3:12 a.m. at 209 Washington St. NW, Nussle said. The residence is just under a mile from the first fire.

“This home was a total loss. It was completely gutted structurally,” he said. “We did call in extra firefighters for the second fire.”

The residence was owned by LaShawn Ziegler, who was the owner of the several former bars. He owned 77 Soul on Youngstown Road, which the city closed for building violations; and Benji Brown’s Bar and Grill on North Park Avenue. Ziegler also participated in the operation of the former Sunset Lounge in Warren, which had its liquor license suspended this year after it was the site of a fatal shooting.

“We have not have the chance to talk to Mr. Ziegler yet,” Nussle said.

The hope is the fire department will have a much clearer idea of what happened after speaking with Ziegler, Nussle said.

The chief said the two fires remain under investigation.

Ziegler’s home had an estimated value of $40,000. Ziegler does have insurance, he said.

There were no injuries in either fire, Nussle said.

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