YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It took firefighters over two hours to put out a fire that heavily damaged a home on Youngstown’s north side Wednesday night.
The fire on Saranac Avenue started around 7:15 p.m.
When the Youngstown Fire Department arrived, firefighters found doors that were barricaded, which delayed them getting into the house by three minutes.
“We found the fire had crawled up through the interior walls, getting all the way up to the attic,” Battalion Chief Silverio Caggiano said. “By the time we got here, it probably already had considerable headway. It was just waiting to break out somewhere.”
One of the firefighters had to jump from a window because the fire was so intense. He hurt his back slightly but is expected to be OK.
Investigators don’t yet know what caused the fire.
One person lived in the house but was not home at the time.