Fire evacuates Taco Bell in Huber Heights, causes ‘extensive damage’

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

FROM SCENE: Taco Bell fire in Huber Heights

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Fire caused extensive damage to a Taco Bell at 8201 Center Point Blvd., said Keith Knisley, battalion chief of the Huber Heights Fire Division.

“When the crews arrived on the scene they found flames coming out the back side of the building,” he said. “Fire extended into the building up into the ceiling and across the kitchen.”

The cause remains under investigation but Knisley said they will look into work that was done outside.

“We found that there had been some welding work being done on the back side of the building today,” he said.

Crews from Bethel Twp., Dayton and Miami and Clark counties assisted.

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

The fire tonight that evacuated a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights is believed to have started outside, Huber Heights fire officials say.

Crews responded around 8:40 p.m. to the eatery at 8201 Center Point 70 Blvd., which is near Park Layne but still within the Huber Heights city limits, according to dispatchers.

A worker said no customers were inside the restaurant, and that everyone made it out safely. We are working to learn what caused the fire and how much damage it caused.

Contributed by Wade Moeller/FACEBOOK.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.

There are no flames showing, but there is still dark smoke coming from a fire that broke out tonight at a Taco Bell in Huber Heights. 

The fire appears to have started in the rear of the restaurant, where witnesses reported seeing flames coming out of the building.


Flames and heavy smoke is coming from a fire at a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights.

The fire was reported sometime around 8:40 p.m. at the fast-food restaurant at 8201 Center Point 70 Blvd. off Ohio 4 in the city.
There are no reports of injuries, but the Taco Bell was evacuated of its employees and diners.

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The beard police: Dayton officers can go unshaven for good cause

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 6:06 PM

            A clean-shaven Dayton police officer. But officers can grow beards this month in exchange for a charitable donation. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
A clean-shaven Dayton police officer. But officers can grow beards this month in exchange for a charitable donation. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Beards are usually a big no-no at the Dayton Police Department. That’s because growing out the facial hair violates department dress code.

But Dayton officers can give their razors a rest this month during “No Shave October” (not to be confused with Movember, when many men nationwide choose to grow out moustaches for fun or to raise awareness of male health issues).

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The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 44 was granted permission by the city to allow its union members to get fuzzy on the face in return for a $50 donation to the Pink Ribbon Girls (October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

Community members may notice that officers on patrol are a little furrier than usual.

But don’t expect to see beards that are overly elaborate. The city requires officers’ beards to be neatly kept.

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The Pink Ribbon Girls is a non-profit organization that assists women across Ohio in their fight against breast cancer by providing meals, cleaning services, and rides to treatment appointments.

Former West Dayton amusement park site is an attraction once more

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

Lakeside Lake welcomes fishing pier

The roller coasters and carnival games are long gone, but Lakeside Lake in west Dayton is expected to attract fun-seekers once again thanks to a new fishing pier that was unveiled today.

The 10-acre lake was once part of Lakeside Amusement Park, which operated from 1890 until the mid-1960s.

Former West Dayton amusement park site is an attraction once more

The lake fell on hard times after that, and its shoreline and surrounding green space became overrun with trash.

Honeysuckle and other invasive plants also marred the beauty and blocked the view of the lake from homes in the Pineview neighborhood, which sits at one of the highest elevations in the city, according to the city officials.

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Volunteers, including residents of the nearby Lakeview and Pineview neighborhoods and local unions members, over the course of six months worked to clean up the shoreline and areas around the lake.

They’ve cleared out honeysuckle, removed tons of litter and even discovered a car in the lake that was removed.

The renewal of the lake has reached another level with the addition of a floating fishing pier and two new iron benches.

Dayton City Commissioner Chris Shaw, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley stand on the new fishing pier on Lakeside Lake.

The new amenities will reconnect local residents to the spring-fed lake, which continued to be used by some fishing enthusisats even when it was in awful condition, officials say.

The new pier and benches, and the labor needed to build and install them, have been donated by the Ohio AFL-CIO, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and the Ironworkers Local 290. The lake cleanup and restoration was selected as the alliance’s and Ohio AFL-CIO’s annual conservation project.

The initial costs of the first and second phases of the project is about $150,000.

Dayton may have to spend $5M to try to reduce river pollution

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

The lower Great Miami River, not far from Dayton’s Water Reclamation facility. CORNELIUS FROLIK
The lower Great Miami River, not far from Dayton’s Water Reclamation facility. CORNELIUS FROLIK

The city of Dayton is seeking a $4.8 million state loan to pay for upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant to try to reduce pollution in the lower Great Miami River.

The city may not have to invest in upgrades if it wins a challenge before the Environmental Review Appeals Commission. But the city needs to be prepared if its appeal is rejected, city officials said.

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The city’s wastewater treatment plant must comply with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requirements limiting the amount of phosphorous it can discharge into the river.

Excessive phosphorous in the river, also called nutrient pollution, can harm water quality and damage or destroy aquatic animal and plant life.

But the city, along with Montgomery County, have appealed the state’s phosphorous restrictions, claiming that farm runoff from the “upstream agricultural community” is the main source of phosphorous in the water and making expensive upgrades won’t solve the problem of nutrient build-up.

Dayton’s water reclamation facility at 2800 Gutherie Road in southwest Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF(Staff Writer)

The city and county are not giving up their fight against the Ohio EPA’s phosphorous limits, city officials said, but the city is trying to line up a way to pay for the plant upgrades if they must be made.

“We’ll be able to install new processes at our wastewater treatment plant to be able to meet the limits we have on phosphorous on the discharge,” said Michael Powell, Dayton’s director of water.

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The loan the city is requesting has no interest and would be repaid over 20 years, according to city of Dayton documents. The principal payment would be about $240,000 that would come from the sanitary sewer account.

The city is required to submit a proposal to the Ohio EPA by Feb. 1 on how it plans for its wastewater treatment plant to comply with the phosphorous limit.

The plant must be compliant by Feb. 1, 2019, unless the city’s appeal succeeds.

The loan would allow the city to avoid having to take funding from its capital budget that would be used for other projects, Powell said.

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