16-year-old killed in Warren blaze
Two girls manage to escape flames
WARREN — A teenager is dead from an early Thursday fire at a home near the corner of Nevada Avenue and McMyler Street NW.
The deceased is identified as Chassidy Broadstone, 16, according to the Warren Police Department report. Two other young people escaped from a second-story window.
Arson is suspected, according to a Trumbull County 911 report. According to the county coroner’s office, the matter is being treated as a homicide investigation headed by Warren police detectives.
A crew of investigators, including Warren police officers, Ohio Fire Marshal personnel and agents from the federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office were on the scene Thursday morning, combing through the rubble.
An adult woman who lived there, but was not home at the time of the fire, told authorities she has been having issues with two men, and a strong odor of gasoline outside her home was noticeable in recent days. According to the report, someone wearing all black rode away in a bicycle from the burning home at 429 Nevada Ave. NW.
Fire Chief Ken Nussle said that man was perhaps trying to help the fire victims but had overdosed. He was taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital for treatment after being administered a dose of the anti-opioid drug Narcan.
SCHOOL DISTRICT REACTS
“The Warren City School District community extends our sincere condolences to the family, friends and classmates of one of our students, Chassidy Broadstone, who lost her life early Thursday morning in a tragic and fatal house fire. It is a sad day for the entire WCS community,” Superintendent Steve Chiaro said.
Chassidy, a junior, was a member of the Warren G. Harding High School Class of 2024.
“The Warren G. Harding family was saddened to learn about Chassidy’s tragic passing,” Principal Sandra Williams said.
“Chassidy was an outgoing and well-spoken young woman. She was a loyal friend and was very protective of her peers and family. She had dreams of being a business owner. Chassidy spent time working with other students in her classes who struggled with their content, and she was especially strong in math. Many WGH staff members and students will deeply miss Chassidy’s smile, sense of humor and presence.”
Grief counseling will be provided by the Warren City Schools and WGH Crisis Response Team for students and staff during the day today, and beyond, as needed.
The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly before 2 a.m., the report states. Nussle said two young females — perhaps also teenagers — had escaped the flames from a second-story window. The chief said at least one of the pair had jumped to safety from the roof of the front porch.
A call summary from Trumbull County 911, as the incident unfolded, has a caller telling a dispatcher that a “sister,” 16, was in the house.
Nussle said, however, that firefighters couldn’t get to the teen fire victim. Broadstone was found on the floor of an upstairs bathroom, the chief said.
“The stairwell was completely incinerated. There was no way they could have escaped by way of the first floor,” Nussle said.
One of those who escaped was taken to Trumbull Regional Medical Center for treatment. That victim was not identified by authorities.
The Trumbull County Auditor website states the burned-out house at 429 Nevada Ave. NW is owned by William Lindemuth of Windham, who bought the structure in 2005 for $7,000.
County Coroner Dr. Lawrence D’Amico referred all questions to Warren police detectives. Personnel from the coroner’s office are expected to conduct the autopsy. Afterward, Dr. D’Amico is expected to rule on the cause of death.
The last fatal fire in Warren occurred June 11, 2022, when a 64-year-old woman, identified as Florence Blackwell, died in a blaze at the Garfield Manor Apartments, 259 Perkinswood Blvd. NE.