Two fires

LaCROFT – A quick stop by firefighters lessened damage during a late night fire Tuesday at a Fifth Avenue home.

Steve Blystone, 742 Fifth Avenue, said he had gotten up to go to the bathroom just before midnight and was sitting on the couch when he heard crackling and popping sounds from the attic area where his bedroom is located.

He found the room on fire and alerted the Liverpool Township Fire Department as he and his mother escaped the burning home.

The township department was assisted by Calcutta and Glenmoor firefighters at the scene, and assistant Chief Dave Ward said, “The first group of guys there did a really good job knocking it down.”

Their quick action allowed fire damage to be confined to the bedroom, although other bedrooms did sustain some smoke and heat damage, Ward said, adding the lower floors suffered considerable water damage.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but Ward said preliminary investigation indicates it was most likely an electrical malfunction.

He commended the departments, saying, “Everybody worked well together.”

Wellsville and West Point departments were also on standby.

A vacant house in a secluded area of 25th Street Heights, Wellsville, was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon, with the cause still under investigation.

Volunteer firefighters from the village responded about 5:30 p.m. to the house on Mobley Road after a former firefighter spotted smoke and called in, according to officials.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the house fully involved, with heavy fire and smoke billowing from the hillside structure. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.

With no hydrants in the wooded area overlooking the Ohio River, pumpers hauled water to the scene, with manpower and trucks responding from Highlandtown and Liverpool Township fire departments. Salineville Fire Department was on standby at its station.

There were no utilities connected to the house, whose owner had not yet been determined last night.

The blaze remains under investigation.