Warren Schools offer grief counseling after student dies in arson blaze
Warren City School officials say grief counseling will be available on Friday after a the body of a student was found in a burning home that authorities say was purposely set on fire.
The State Fire Marshal has ruled the fire that claimed the life of sixteen-year-old Chassidy Broadstone as arson. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to whoever torched the Nevada Avenue NW home early Thursday.
Broadstone was a student at Warren G. Harding High School.
Warren City Schools Superintendent, Steve Chiaro tells 21 News this is a "sad day for our students and staff in WCS." The district later released a full statement on Broadstone's death. The statement reads as follows:
"The Warren City School District community extends our sincere condolences to the family, friends and classmates of one of our students, Chassidy Broadstone who lost her life early Thursday morning in a tragic fatal house fire. 'It is a sad day for the entire WCS community,' said Superintendent Steve Chiaro. Chassidy was a member of the WGH Class of 2024."
"'The Warren G. Harding family was saddened to learn about Chassidy's tragic passing,' said Principal Sandra Williams."
Principal Williams released a statement of her own, which was also included in the statement:
"Chassidy was an outgoing and well-spoken young woman. She was a loyal friend and was very protective of her peers and family. She had dreams of becoming a business owner."
"Chassidy spent time working with other students in her classes who struggled with their content, and she was especially strong in math. Many WGH staff members and students will completely miss Chassidy's smile sense of humor and presence."
Grief counseling will be offered by Warren City Schools and the Warren G. Harding Crisis Response team starting Friday, January 20 and beyond as needed.
Warren Mayor Doug Franklin is extending his thoughts and prayers to Broadstone's family. He promises a thorough investigation.
The body of the teen was found inside the two-story home at Nevada Avenue NW and McMyler St. NW early Thursday.
“We’ve got a fire and there are people in the house. Please hurry,” said a caller to 9-1-1 just before 2 a.m.
Two family members who escaped the fire by jumping from the porch roof were taken to Trumbull Regional and St. Joseph Medical Centers according to Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle.
The two women that escaped the fire are 18 and 20 years old and sisters of Chassidy. One of the women who was transported to the hospital with a broken leg, rib, collarbone, and an injury to her back.
One woman told dispatchers that Chassidy was still inside the burning home which police say was engulfed in flames.
A second fire alarm was put out to get more firefighters to help put out the fire.
Authorities say it was a large fire and crews ran out of water for a few minutes.
Police have been called to investigate claims from the homeowner who reported that two men may have started the fire.
Warren Police are asking the public if they have any video in the area of Nevada Ave. NW between 1 am to 2 am to review it for any suspicious activity to contact Det. Michael Altiere at 330-841-2749.
Police stated they are reviewing some videos and that they plan to release additional information as they can during the investigation.
Anyone with information can call the State Fire Marshal's tip line at 800-589-2728.