East side vacant house fire spreads to two other Niles structures

NILES – Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office investigators were called in Tuesday to help determine the cause of a fire earlier in the day that started in a vacant house and spread to structures on either side of the building.

According to reports, a two-story wood-frame house at 320 E. Park was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived about 2 a.m. That house was described as the origin of the blaze and a total loss. Only the foundation of the home remains.

Fire Lt. Mike Hudzik said a one and one-half story frame home at 316 E. Park that was also vacant suffered significant damage when flames spread to a rear corner of the house and to the roof.

Moderate damage was reported to a vacant church at 326 E. Park, where flames burned through a broken or open lower window, igniting wooden supports or furnishings in the cement block structure, he said.

Hudzik said a nearby Grant Street trucking company is believed to be the owner of the former church and has been renovating the building for office space.

No injuries were reported to firefighters, who were called out again about 9:30 a.m. to douse smoldering remains at the scene.

Hudzik said firefighters were working on more precise monetary estimates of the damage.