Storm damage keeps Steubenville officials busy

STORM DAMAGE — Thursday afternoon’s storm brought large tree limbs down onto a parked, unoccupied vehicle and an adjacent yard near the intersection of North Sixth Street and Center Avenue in Steubenville. Utility lines also were brought down along the street. -- Warren Scott

STEUBENVILLE — The City Fire Department had a busy couple of hours on Thursday afternoon after a brief thunderstorm knocked down numerous trees, including one that came through the roof of a home on Highland Avenue.

The fire department reported the tree fell through the roof, trapping a mother and three children. Firefighters saw the mother on the porch when they arrived and went inside and pulled the three children out of the house. The mother and two children were transported to the hospital for evaluation. The fire department reported the American Red Cross was contacted to provide housing assistance for the family.

A firefighter said about a dozen trees were knocked down along Highland Avenue.

The fire department also was called to the eighth floor of the Chase building on Market Street to assist a woman in a wheelchair at her doctor’s office. The fire department reported the power surged, knocking the elevators offline. Firefighters used a rescue chair and brought the woman down eight flights of stairs.

And city street crews were called to Fourth Street and Madison Avenue for a tree down blocking the road.