LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s been a busy few days for firefighters in Trumbull County, with three fires at homes in two different communities.
Three homes are either heavily damaged or destroyed following three separate fires in Girard and Liberty in a 24-hour span.
The first one happened early Sunday morning on Maple Avenue in Girard. A neighbor reported it.
911 Caller: “I thought it was a chimney at first, but I can see flames in the attack window now.”
Everyone living there made it out safely, but the home didn’t have working smoke detectors and can’t currently be lived in.
“There is a significant amount of damage to the home on the second and third floor and quite a bit of water damage throughout the great of the residence,” said Chief Jim Petruzzi.
About three and a half hours later, firefighters were called out to a home on Lincoln Avenue in Liberty. A woman living there thought she smelled someone smoking, but when she got out of the shower realized it was more.
Everyone there made it out safely too, but the home was heavily damaged. Firefighters believe it started in a utility area by the garage.
Chief Douglas Theobald says there weren’t any smoke detectors in the home.
“We cannot stress enough that smoke detectors save lives. They give advanced warning of a problem, and they’ll go off way before you would even recognize a problem,” Douglas said.
Just before 3 a.m. Monday another fire. This one in a trailer park on Churchill-Hubbard Road. Firefighters say the person living in the trailer wasn’t home at the time. The trailer was destroyed.
At this point, it’s unknown how the fires started, but investigators with the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office are looking into it.
“We advise people to check all of their heating appliances. Don’t leave unattended candles and make sure all smoking materials are fully extinguished before you put them away or walk out of the area,” Theobald said.