Fire department investigating second arson in 3 days on Youngstown street

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Someone reportedly used gasoline or some other accelerant to set fire to an apartment

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown arson investigators do not believe a pair of house fires on the same street this week — just blocks away from each other — are related.

The latest one happened overnight at a house in the 3200 block of Lenox Avenue, on the city’s south side.

Someone reportedly used gasoline or some other accelerant to set fire to an apartment.

The person living in the house was able to escape through the kitchen window and get out safely.

Two blocks away, fire also damaged a vacant house Sunday afternoon.

Investigators are now looking to see if neighbors may have noticed anything unusual.

“The neighborhood is, seems pretty close-knit. I’m hoping for some cooperation from the neighbors. I’ve noticed several houses that might have surveillance cameras, or if they saw anything to bring forward any of the footage that they have or contact me,” said fire investigator Capt. Kurt Wright.

No one was hurt in either fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call the city’s Arson Unit at 330-782-0055.

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