Two Stark County fires displace families a week before Christmas

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Two separate fires broke out in residential areas on Sunday, displacing occupants but resulting in no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

The first incident occurred at 2820 Harmont Ave. NE around 9:45 a.m. when a resident dialed 911, reporting a kitchen fire and confirming that all occupants were safely outside. Upon arrival, the fire department observed smoke and flames emerging from a first-floor kitchen window.

Prompt action by fire crews led to the successful extinguishing of the blaze. Investigators determined the fire’s origin to be accidental, stemming from a cooking mishap.

An adult, along with three juveniles and their pets, were displaced as a result. The Red Cross is currently providing assistance to those affected.

Later in the day, at 2:33 p.m., a passerby alerted emergency services to a fire at 1001 6th St SW upon witnessing flames through a window. Occupants were warned by a neighbor via cellphone and were in the process of evacuating when the fire department arrived. The crews, while extinguishing the fire, discovered two dogs inside the residence, both of whom were safely rescued unharmed. The cause of this fire was identified as faulty extension cords powering a space heater.

Three individuals were displaced, and they are now receiving aid from the Red Cross. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries among firefighters or civilians in either incident. Authorities urge residents to exercise caution and proper safety measures, especially during the holiday season.