WATCH: Former Middletown Paperboard building unstable with parts collapsing after intense fire

Published: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

The fire is considered suspicious at this point because it's a vacant building, and has been empty for decades. There is no power to the building.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m. (Feb. 3)

Nearly 12 hours after fire broke out at a vacant warehouse on South Verity Parkway, firefighters continued to pour water on smoldering spots earlier this morning.

Neighbors called 911 about 11:30 p.m. Friday reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the former Middletown Paperboard facility at 300 South Verity Parkway, according to Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli.

“Heavy smoke and fire was found on the South End of the complex,” Lolli said. “They immediately called for extra alarms.”

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The labor intensive fire called for additional ladder towers from Franklin and Monroe to shoot water from above the building.

In addition to the flames, firefighters also struggled with frigid temperatures that froze water quickly on the ground and puddled on Verity Parkway making the road hazardous.

By Saturday, Lolli said firefighters needed the assistance of heavy equipment to the scene in order to haul out debris and large items from inside the building.

“They are going to bring in heavy equipment to pull away large parts of the building away from the center so we can get water into the seat of the fire and get it totally extinguished,” Lolli said.

Crews have not been able to safely get inside all of the building yet due to parts of the roof and structure collapsing.

Fire broke out at the former Middletown Paperboard facility Friday night

UPDATE @ 8:08 a.m. (Feb. 3)

Middletown fire Chief Paul Lolli said the department is requesting some heavy equipment to the scene in order to haul out debris and large items from inside the building.

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Crews have not been able to safely get inside the building yet due to parts of the roof and structure collapsing. 

Lolli said they believe they know where the fire started but they need to clear out some material before they will know for sure.

Fire started early Saturday morning on Verity Parkway

UPDATE @ 5:37 a.m. (Feb. 3)

Capt. Jon Harvey, of Middletown Division of Fire, said most of the fire has been knocked down but crews are trying to get to hot spots.

He said the fire is considered suspicious at this point because it's a vacant building, and has been empty for decades. There is no power to the building.

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Mutual aid was received from Franklin, Monroe and Madison Twp. 

No injuries are reported, Harvey said. Verity Parkway is closed and smaller roads behind the building are also closed.

UPDATE @ 3:47 a.m. (Feb. 3)

Middletown and Franklin fire crews remain on scene of a warehouse fire on Verity Parkway. 

By 3:40 a.m. Saturday, crews were going defensive on the fire, which still had flames shooting out of the roof.

Firefighters are dealing with the issue of cold temperatures Saturday morning. 

"This thing is through the roof,” according to a fire official on emergency scanner traffic.

"That's clear; be safe,” a dispatcher responded.

"It's no longer a factor of being safe; it's a factor of being warm. It's freezing,” the fire official replied.

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews here remain on scene of a warehouse fire that started around 11:30 p.m. Friday. 

A warehouse facility in the 300 block of Verity Parkway, near Park Street, is on fire. Flames are reported showing.

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A sign outside the warehouse is for the business Newark Converting. 

We have a photographer on the scene and will update this report.

A warehouse is on fire in the 300 block of Verity Parkway in Middletown, Feb. 3, 2018. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Driver extricated, highway reopens after crash on SB I-75 

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:37 AM

Crash on I-75 near Needmore Road exit

UPDATE @ 3:40 a.m: All lanes on southbound I-75 have reopened following a crash early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 3:03 a.m: After nearly two hours, the driver of a vehicle that went off the road on southbound I-75 has been extricated from the vehicle.

The interstate has been shut down for over an hour between Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road.

The extrication of the driver took hours because a guard rail went into the door of the vehicle. 

Per initial reports, the individual will be transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital.

We will continue to monitor when the highway reopens. 

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Harrison Twp. emergency crews are working to extricate the driver from the vehicle in order to be transported to Miami Valley Hospital via Careflight. Though he is trapped, he appears in stable condition, according to officials.

The single-vehicle crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. and due to the entrapment, Careflight was requested to the scene, shutting the interstate down between Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road exits.

I-75 has been shut down for about 45 minutes and officials believe it should reopen in the next 30 minutes once Careflight lifts off the ground. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 1:50 a.m: Soutbound I-75 between the Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road exits is shut down after a crash occurred early Wednesday morning. 

INITIAL REPORT

Careflight has been requested to a crash with reports of entrapment on southbound I-75 near the Needmore Road exit early Wednesday morning.

The incident was dispatched around 1:20 a.m., per initial reports.

The Needmore Road exit ramp is currently closed and with Careflight on their way to the scene, this will likely shut the highway down.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with more details. 

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Drugs, guns recovered in 2 task force raids in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

David Powell (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
David Powell (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and is facing drug charges following two search warrants, executed by the Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force Tuesday. 

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The task force, along with the Dayton Police Narcotics Bureau executed search warrants at two homes, one in the 1700 block of Manor Place, the other in the 600 block of Cambridge Avenue Tuesday, according to a news release.

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During the searches, investigators recovered large amounts of fentanyl, crystal meth, marijuana, and four guns, including and AR-15 rifle. 

David Powell, 25, was arrested at the Cambridge Avenue home and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on initial charges of drug trafficking. 

The warrants were the result of a long-term drug trafficking investigation, investigators said. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:01 AM

2 lanes of I-75N closed after two-vehicle crash
2 lanes of I-75N closed after two-vehicle crash

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound I-75 at State Route 725, crash reported at 4 a.m.
  • On southbound I-75 near the Needmore Road exit, crash with entrapment reported around 1:20 a.m. The Needmore ramp is currently shut down. 

Surface Street Incidents 

  • No incidents to report.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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Rain returning, flooding threat increasing

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:49 PM

The ground remains saturated across the Miami Valley. With more rain in the forecast, the threat for flooding will be on the increase. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist explains why so much rain is expected and the threat it will bring.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain, few storms late tonight
  • Chance for freezing rain early Thursday
  • More rain, heavy at times Friday into the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Rain will be developing. A few thunderstorms will be possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 50s by morning. It will remain breezy.

Wednesday: Rain will be likely. A rumble of thunder is possible early, mainly south. Temperatures will fall through the 50s into the 40s by evening. As temperatures drop, rain may change to freezing rain late at night across the northern Miami Valley.

Thursday: Rain will be around in the morning and may begin as freezing rain, mainly north of I-70. Temperatures will start the day in the lower 30s and climb into the middle 40s. The afternoon should dry out.

Friday: Rain returns and may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder will also be possible, mainly south. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues. It will also become windy at times with higher near 60 degrees.

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Saturday: Rain is likely and may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder will also be possible, mainly south. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues. It will also become windy at times with highs near 60 degrees.

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Sunday: There will likely be rain in the morning with clouds lingering into the afternoon. It will be windy with highs cooling into the middle 50s.

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