The Red Cross is helping four families after their apartment building caught fire early Friday morning.
When fire crews arrived at the building in the 300 block of Mathews Road just before 5 a.m., they had to act fast to save two people — a 61-year-old woman and her 35-year-old daughter who were dangling from a second-story window. Firefighters were able to use their rescue ladder to get them to safety.
Several other families were evacuated. One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Two apartments suffered heavy damage.
It was a very busy night for the Red Cross, which went out to three different fire scenes within just a few hours.
“When our volunteers get those calls, they are ready to go. They have the support they need, they have the supplies they need. We are a five-county chapter but a 22-county region, so when we need to pull in when things get extra busy, we’ve got plenty of support from our 22-county region as well,” Melissa Papini said.
Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said he was at a fire at Donnell Ford on Market Street when he got the call about the apartment fire. Youngstown crews were among the first on the scene.
Some of the families will be able to move into other apartments in the complex.
There’s no word yet on what started the fire.