8 hour fire destroys Clark County auto repair business

Published: Sunday, September 03, 2017 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Monday, September 04, 2017 @ 1:18 AM

FROM THE SCENE: Smoke roils from Clark County fire

Flames and heavy smoke engulfed RC Enterprises auto repair business Sunday morning in Clark County.

At least two buildings caught fire in a blaze that burned for more than eight hours, destroying the business at 4433 Spence Road in Pike Twp.

Flames and heavy smoke engulfed RC Enterprises auto repair business this morning in Clark County.

Pike Twp. fire crews requested the help of multiple area fire departments, including a 5,000-gallon water tank from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Hazmat crews from Springfield also responded because of oil drums in the buildings.

"Before we even got here this morning, on our way to the firehouse, we could see the flames from (Ohio) 41, which is about a half-mile from here," said Pike Twp. Fire Chief Gerry Donnelly, who called the fire the worst in the township in at least the past decade.

The owner of the business declined to talk, but he did post a message about the fire on social media.

Springfield Hazmat has responded to a fully engulfed fire at an auto repair business in Clark County, according to our crew on the scene.

Donnelly said the cause of the fire and damage estimate were not available, but that investigators will preliminarily suspect an electrical issue. 

Smoke billows from an auto repair business on Spence Road in Pike Twp. Sunday morning. Joey Bryant/Staff

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No injuries have been reported, according to Clark County dispatchers. 

Historic Lebanon church hit by fire seeks help for children’s pageant, ministry

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

Lebanon church fires causes patrons grief

A historic church known for its good deeds in the community is now asking for the community’s help to continue its ministry.

Bethel AME Church was hit by a devastating fire early Wednesday that severely damaged the sanctuary and community room.

Worship services and a children’s Christmas Eve pageant are short essential items.

“We are grateful for the kindness our community has shown in the hours since the tragic fire,” the Rev. Karen Schaeffer, pastor of Bethel, stated in a Saturday news release.

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“After a prayer service that evening, the church met and made a plan to get us through the next couple of weeks,” Schaeffer said.

For Bethel’s worship services, the church, at 111 N. Cherry St., is in need of 20 children’s Bibles, 25 NRSV study Bibles, communion trays and supplies; altar vestments, clergy robes, advent supplies, rolling suitcases and plastic totes.

The church fire destroyed the sanctuary along with the costumes and props for the children’s program. The Lebanon Theatre Company at 10 S. Mechanic St. has opened its doors to Bethel so the church can use its space for rehearsals and the Christmas Eve performance, Schaeffer said.

Costume List: children’s choir robes; 2-3 sheep (toddlers, preschool); 3 angels (first- and third-graders); 3 Pharisees (medium-sized boys); Mary and Joseph (children) and shepherds (2-3 adults).

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Props List: Christmas tree; scrolls; manger; baby Jesus doll; shepherds crook or staff; stick horse; fireplace background; and poster board for signs.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1858 and its church building dedicated in 1861.

Check and cash donations are being accepted at Sharefax Credit Union in the name of the Bethel Fire Donation Fund at 1550 Genntown Drive, Lebanon, 45036.

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Christmas toy giveaway marks 10th anniversary in Middletown

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Local event marks 10th Anniversary

Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the annual Christmas Toy Giveaway in Middletown.

The Louella Thompson Dream Center Feed the Hungry Project organization will host the annual Christmas giveaway from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the YMCA Middletown Branch, 1020 Manchester Ave.

More than 530 children have pre-registered to participate in the event, according to Deborah Patterson, the project’s executive director.

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Patterson developed the original concept when she was the organization’s president. With the assistance of various community volunteers, they were able to make 100 children happy on Christmas in 2007. The event was located at the Louella Thompson Dream Center, but after its sixth year the event outgrew the Dream Center and partnered with the Middletown YMCA.

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Bridget Kinney, the project’s chairwoman, said since moving to the YMCA, the event has grown exponentially to more than 500 children including parents. She said the event includes various activity stations, pictures with Santa, dancing and food.

As of Saturday, Kinney said the organization is still in need of toy donations for this year’s event.

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“We have 531 children that have registered and we do not want to disappoint them,” Kinney said.

Event sponsors include Walmart, Meijer, Middletown Firefighters Local 336 and Gold Star Chili, Kinney said. In addition, there are a number of volunteer sponsors including Bethel AME Church’s Youth Ministry; and Nettie Dupee and the Gift Wrap Committee.

For more information about the organization’s programs, call 513-423-0433.

Suspect throws rock into $1.00 Store in attempted break-in

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

Dayton $1.00 store attempted break-in

A man riding a bicycle threw a large rock into the $1.00 Store this morning after he attempted to break in.

Police were dispatched at 6:15 a.m. Saturday to the store at 3846 Linden Ave. after the store’s alarm sounded.

According to the incident report, video surveillance showed a man approach the back of the store on a bicycle and try to gain access through the back door. 

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The suspect threw the rock through the glass at the front of the store after failed attempts to enter the back door. He then immediately took off on his bicycle, according to the report. 

The bicycle is described to have several reflectors on it. 

If you have any information on this incident, please call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.

Crews battle fire in Dayton home; 1 injury reported

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:06 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:50 AM

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire.

UPDATE @9:51 a.m.

Fire officials said a child escaped injury and a woman suffered burns to her feet in a Dayton house fire.

The fire in the first block of South Westview Avenue was contained to a bedroom, according to officials. The cause is under investigation.

The woman and two-year-old child were in the front lawn when they arrived on scene.

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At least one person has been injured after a fire broke out in a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire. 

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First units on scene said one person inside the home was injured and requested to a medic to the scene. The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

Firefighters also reported smoke showing from the structure when they arrived, according to initial reports. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as we learn more.