City firefighters rescue victim from Fifth Ave. fire early Friday morning

Photo submitted to Times Observer A fire broke out at a residence on West Fifth Avenue early Friday morning.

A structure fire broke out in the early morning hours Friday on West Fifth Avenue in Warren, trapping a victim who was later saved.

According to City of Warren Fire Chief Sam Pascuzzi, his department was initially dispatched at 1:47 a.m. to 514 West Fifth Avenue.

Pascuzzi said that firefighters Sam Miller and Colton Swan of the City of Warren Fire Department, with the support of the rest of the initial response crew, were able to rescue a female victim who had been asleep when the fire broke out, and was trapped on the second floor of the residence. There was one minor injury as a result of the fire, Pascuzzi said.

The fire closed a portion of the road between Laurel and Poplar Streets. It was not under control until around 5 a.m., according to Pascuzzi, and crews remained on the scene into Friday afternoon to monitor hot spots and control any possible flare ups that may have occurred as a result of a partial collapse of the structure during the fire.

“Weather and terrain made things pretty difficult,” said Pascuzzi. “Things kept freezing up. But in spite of difficult conditions we were able to contain the fire to the structure of origin.”

The fire did not spread to a nearby residence. It appeared to be accidental as of Friday afternoon, according to Pascuzzi. Nothing more had been reported by press time.

Pleasant Township, North Warren, and Starbrick volunteer fire departments assisted at the scene and Emergycare ambulance was on standby. The Red Cross assisted residents at the scene.