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WARREN, Ohio - Fires in Warren break out, one right after another, stretching an already short staffed department, even thinner.

At about 3 o'clock Monday crews were called to Lifetime Muffler on West Market Street for what they describe as a "significant amount of fire."

Assistant Chief  Steve Williams says, employees at the auto repair shop were removing either a muffler or a tail pipe from a vehicle that was leaking gas, when the fire ignited.

"You've got to be very careful with the volume of fire we had that the acetylene, that is highly flammable, doesn't increase the volume of fire we already have," said Williams.

It wasn't long after crews arrived at the scene, a second fire in the city broke out at a home on Washington Street.

"That hampered our effort here, with limited amount of man power and the amount of fire we encountered," explained Williams.

Williams says the department typically has between 16 and 18 firefighters on hand. But because of scheduled vacation time they had only about 13 firefighters on staff.

"We split them up, I sent five  people to the Washington Street fire and immediately called for additional recourses," said Williams.

Additional resources were brought in from Howland, as well as off duty Warren firefighters.

No one was injured.

Williams says most times the department has enough manpower to cover whatever comes about but he says it was unusual to deal with two almost simultaneous fires.

 

 

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