Three people escape fire on Orange Avenue on the West Side

YOUNGSTOWN — Three occupants of a house at 1043 Orange Avenue on the West Side escaped a fire that destroyed the home, but were taken to a hospital with burn injuries.

Several 911 calls were made to alert the fire department to the blaze, including one from a person driving past the neighborhood on Interstate 680 and another from a neighbor.

When firefighters arrived just after 10 p.m. Thursday, neighbors were yelling that everyone had gotten out of the house. Ambulance personnel told firefighters three burn victims were taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. They had run four houses down, according to a Youngstown Fire Department report.

The three victims were a man, 19, a girl, 17, and a boy, 11. The report did not give their conditions.

They were on the second floor when they smelled smoke. The 11-year-old and 17-year-old ran down the stairs and out the front door, while the 19-year-old jumped to the ground from a second floor window, the report states.

The deepest charring of the house appeared to be in the kitchen area of the first floor, the report states. The cause of the fire was “unknown at this time,” the report states.

A dog was found dead in a cage on the first floor living room. Multiple cages in the basement were empty. A ferret was found alive in its cage in the basement and was moved to the garage, the report states.

Animal Charity of Ohio responded to take care of the ferret and remove the dog.

An adjacent house received heat damage to the vinyl siding. Firefighters did not hear any smoke detectors while fighting the fire, the report states. The value of the home and contents was listed at $14,500, the report states.

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