Fire injures homeowner, destroys home

Staff report


A Howland Township man was injured in a fire at his home early Sunday.

A 2:34 a.m. fire on Adrian Drive Southeast injured the homeowner, who jumped from a second-floor window and was found “covered in blood” and walking on a nearby street.

The homeowner, Pete J. Kondolios, 57, was taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital and then St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

No one else was home at the time of the fire, Howland Township Fire Chief James Pantalone said at the scene.

But in the first few hours after police and fire officials arrived, “there were a lot of stories flying around” about multiple other individuals staying at the house who might not have escaped, Pantalone said.

Adding to the concern was that the fast-moving fire caused the roof of the rear section to collapse, preventing firefighters from gaining access to that part of the house to check for other victims.

Because of concerns about possible fatalities, Howland fire officials asked for and received assistance from the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, Pantalone said.

Fighting the fire also was a challenge because of temperatures around zero. The water pressure at the hydrant was fine, but it takes longer to get water flowing to a fire in such conditions, Pantalone said.

The homeowner’s escaping the house through the window is apparently the reason for first- responders noticing blood leading from the home.

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