Fatal fire in New Castle claims the life of a woman

  • Source: WFMJ-TV NBC/CW 21 Youngstown
  • Published: 06/18/2024 12:00 AM

At Vista South, 1116 Mercer Street in New Castle smoke quickly filled three of the six floors of this apartment complex shortly after 3:30 Monday afternoon. The Alarm at the complex alerted tenants and caregivers. About half of the residents were evacuated, while half were told to shelter in place. "When our crews arrived they found the top three floors had been charged with smoke. We made entry in an apartment on the third floor and found an active fire close to the area of the bed. We were able to extinguish the fire, and in that process we did discover a victim that succumbed to smoke and fire injuries," Fire Chief Mike Kobbe said. The victim was partially mobile and there was no oxygen or medical devices apparent that could have caused a fire. People who live here say they are saddened by the loss.


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