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Lowellville arson suspect may have reported fire to 911

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Geno Moore and Josua Foor Geno Moore and Josua Foor

One of the two suspects accused of arson in a weekend fire in Lowellville may have been the person who called for help when they were trapped in the building.

Lowellville officials say the fire came close to being a much bigger disaster. 

Twenty-year old Joshua Foor and 22-year old Geno Moore, both of Lowellville, appeared in Struthers court on charges of aggravated arson, breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools.

The two are accused of setting fires inside the former Aluminum Color factory on West Wood Street early Saturday morning.

While firefighters were on the scene, dispatch received a call from someone inside the building.

"You can't miss it.  We're in the building now trying to put the fire out.  It's not happening,"  the voice on the 911 recording said. 
When Lowellville police called dispatch for an update, they got a surprise message.  This is a transcript of the recorded conversation between dispatch and police.

Dispatcher: "We have a guy on the phone,  they're on the roof."

Firefighter: "There's people on the roof?"  

Dispatcher: "They're on the roof, we have them on the phone,"  

And that's where firefighters found the two suspects. Police are trying to verify who made the call.

"We haven't confirmed that as of yet," said Lowellville Police Chief Rick Alli.  

The Chief says this fire could have been much more of a disaster, had the flames reached stored chemicals inside.  "It could have been a potential disaster for a community that small, that is built that close to that factory. This had the potential to be something that would have put us on the map and put us in history," Chief Alli said. 

The village had been meeting with the business owners about security at the vacant plant.  "This fire came in the middle of that before we were able to get anything done," Chief Alli said.

Bond for Foor and Moore was set at $55,000  each. 

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