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Arson suspected in Youngstown house fire

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Fire investigators believe Friday night’s vacant house fire on Youngstown’s north side was an act of arson.

A Youngstown fire battalion chief tells 21 News that the Ohio Avenue house was vacant with no utilities.

Debbie Santos, who lives two doors down, tells 21 News the house between hers and the vacant house caught fire five times in as many months before it was finally torn down a few days ago. She believes arson is a continuing problem in the area.

“I believe it's an arsonist. All he gets out of it is the fire, but he does not understand that these are all homes.. That he could be putting us all in danger because he's burning homes so close to our homes,” Santos said.

Fire officials say there was no damage to any other houses.

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