Firefighters called to structure fire
STEUBENVILLE - City firefighters were called to a fire at a vacant house at 998 Franklin Ave. about 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The cause of the fire, which emanated from the second floor and caused extensive damage, is being investigated, officials said.
City crews repair line break
WELLSBURG - City crews worked Tuesday night to repair a break in a water line at state Route 2 and 11th Street.
Traffic was directed around the area by city personnel, but the break didn't disrupt water to customers, said City Manager Mark Henne.
Health board meeting canceled Thursday
STEUBENVILLE - The city board of health meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled due to a lack of a quorum, officials said.
Recycling efforts being slowed
STEUBENVILLE - JB Green Team Executive Director Cliff Meyer is asking for patience from Jefferson and Belmont county residents who use the recycling bins.
"We have had a few mechanical issues with our recycling trucks in recent days and are running behind in our regular schedule. We now have experts examining our trucks to determine the issues and hope to be back on schedule very soon," said Meyer.
STEUBENVILLE - Eastern Gateway Community College will offer a concealed carry course on April 4 and 6 in the college's Pugliese Center, 110 John Scott Highway.
Orientation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 27 at the center. The training will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 4 in the center and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 6 at the Wintersville firing range.
The concealed carry course consists of 10 hours of instruction and two hours of practical training, including range time and live-fire experience. This training also is honored in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states.
The student must complete a written examination that tests his or her competency and a physical demonstration of competency on handgun usage and rules for safe handling and storage of a handgun. Students must be age 21 or older, and payment must be received prior to the course start date. The course is $75. Senior citizens pay $50. The registration deadline is March 27. For information and to register, call (740) 264-5591, extension 310.
Fire marshal: No meth lab at apartment fire
BRIDGEPORT - There was "definitely no meth lab" at the village apartment where three children died during a fire Sunday, said Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office spokesman Michael Duchesne.
He said Tuesday the fire marshal's office completed collecting evidence at the scene, but said the investigation is not finished. Officials still are awaiting results of the autopsies of the children, ages 2, 4 and 5.
"The cause of the fire is currently undetermined. (They) cannot rule out electrical causes. There is no criminal activity indicated from the investigation conducted alongside Bridgeport Police Department and Bridgeport Fire Department," Duchesne said, putting to rest rumors there was a meth lab in the building.
He said the children's parents are in critical condition in a Pittsburgh hospital. He said he does not know if that means they are unconscious.
The blaze occurred about 10:45 a.m. Sunday in an apartment building located at 3115 Main St. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. It took several firefighter units, including Martins Ferry's ladder truck, many hours to extinguish the blaze.