No injuries were reported after a fire at an apparently vacant home on Orchard Avenue, near Toepfer Road and MacArthur Boulevard.

No injuries were reported after a fire at an apparently vacant home on Orchard Avenue, near Toepfer Road and MacArthur Boulevard.

Photo by Brian Louwers


No injuries reported after Warren house catches fire

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 29, 2018

WARREN — The cause of a house fire in the 8400 block of Orchard Avenue remained under investigation June 26, a day after firefighters were sent there to battle a fire that apparently started in a living room and burned a couch and a wall.

“It came in as a vacant house, and after primary and secondary searches, it was vacant,” Warren Fire Chief Tim Morgan said.

He added that Warren firefighters were sent to the address, near Toepfer Road and MacArthur Boulevard, at 11:26 a.m. June 26 after a 911 call, and that they arrived to find smoke emanating from the back of the house. Firefighters ventilated the structure through the roof and the rear wall and entered the building from the front.

Morgan said there wasn’t much inside of the house in terms of contents.   

Sources confirmed reports that Warren police were at the address the previous day to investigate a call about squatters and an illegal entry complaint. No one was found, however. 

A neighbor told C & G the house had been entered by high school students, going back to early June. 

After the fire, the house was secured with boards and a padlock.

Morgan said there were no injuries to emergency personnel during the response. Some firefighters remained on the scene for an hour and a half. The department dispatched two engines and a ladder truck, along with two ambulances as a precaution. 

There was no damage reported to the surrounding buildings or to vehicles parked nearby.