Steubenville fire destroys building, spreads to surrounding structures

By Grace Ostuni
Staff Writer

A multi-home fire which broke out just after 7 p.m. on March 21 on Maryland Avenue in Steubenville resulted in no injuries or fatalities, officials reported.

The fire began at 1440 Maryland Ave. and spread to two neighboring buildings, according to WTRF news.

“It (1440) was a total loss. At the end of the night, we had someone come in and knock it into a pile. Most of the building had collapsed,” Carlo Capaldi, the Steubenville fire chief, told the Herald Star.

According to WTRF news, the adjacent buildings, 1434 and 1436 Maryland Ave., received minimal damage from the fire.

The Herald Star reported that the Steubenville Fire Department arrived on the scene at around 7:15 p.m. and was later joined by Wintersville firefighters. Additionally, ambulance crews from Unionport, Brilliant, Weirton and Mingo Junction were on standby with emergency medical services.

According to the Herald Star, firefighters were on scene until 3 a.m. fighting the fire and cleaning up the damage.

“It doesn’t appear to be a set fire. We’re looking into other causes – either electrical or something else,” Capaldi told WTOV News.

Officials have confirmed that the fire resulted in no injuries or fatalities. Only one individual was in 1440 when the fire broke out and he was able to escape without being harmed, according to WTRF.