Demolition of Food for Less store underway following fire

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 4:15 AM

Sky7 Food for Less demolition

UPDATE @ 1:45 p.m.:

Demolition of the Food for Less grocery store on East Third Street in Dayton is underway following a fire at the business Thursday night.

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As crews continue to put out hot spots at a grocery store destroyed by a fire Thursday night, residents are left wondering where they will shop for food.

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Crews were called around 8:40 p.m. to the Food for Less grocery store at 3129 E. Third St. and found heavy flames and evidence of an explosion.

VIDEO: Flames shoot from Food for Less store in Dayton

“When our crews arrived on scene ... the debris from the front part of the building was in the street, so we would think that may have come from an explosion,” Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said.

The store closed between 30 and 45 minutes before the fire was reported, and no one was believed inside, Payne said.

“We have a fire investigator here,” the chief said, however, “there’s no reason to think anything suspicious is going on.”

Payne estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of water was used in the fire. Initially, crews had an issue with water pressure, which he said was fixed by the city of Dayton water department.

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Food for Less grocery destroyed by fire in Dayton, Nov. 9, 2017. DEANGELO BYRD/STAFF

Residents looking on said they were shocked and wondered where they are going to grocery shop.

“It’s terrible. I’ve been coming here for years, I mean years,” said Third Street resident Christine Hedrick.

She said it’s the only actual grocery store in the area.

“It breaks my heart,” she said. “I hope they rebuild and get it going again ... for the community.”

Cheyenne Gierus said she was just in the store before closing tonight. 

“Everything was fine,” she said. Later Thursday night, she saw flames coming from the store. “I just can’t believe it.”

A local resident called 911 to report the fire.

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“911. What’s your emergency?” “Food For Less is on fire,” the caller said. “It’s flaming bad. It’s bad, bad.”

No one was hurt in the fire, and no nearby structures had to be evacuated or were affected by flames.

A salt truck will be called to the treat the roadway, as temperatures will start in the low 20s this morning.

>> Bitter cold morning with wind chills in teens; chance for rain Sunday

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 1:29 AM

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

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  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • 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.


  • 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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Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Repairs continue after Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

Executive Boulevard lanes in Huber Heights reopened after being closed for several hours following a gas leak Thursday morning.

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Crews continued to make repairs to the leaking gas line that evacuated fifteen business along the road around 11 a.m., according to Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth.

Ashworth said a construction crew working in the area struck a 6-inch gas main directly under Executive, which  caused the gas to leak from underground.

Huber Heights gas leak

Executive is one of the city’s most commercial areas and Ashworth said the leak would impact the businesses in the area.

Utility companies, including DP&L and Vectren, worked on scene to isolate their utilities as well.

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Flood watch continues for southern Miami Valley until Sunday morning

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton, Clark, Greene, Wayne, Montgomery, Preble, Warren and Butler

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Highest Wind gusts this morning: 

Wilmington 33MPH

Dayton Wright Bros Airport 31MPH

Dayton International Airport 29MPH 

Butler Co Regional Airport 28MPH

Wright Patt 25MPH


  • Briefly dry tonight
  • Rain returns, heavy at times Friday
  • On and off rain, some thunder Saturday 

>>Record-breaking warmth this week 


THIS EVENING: Skies will be mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the middle 40s. 

TONIGHT: Areas of fog and drizzle have started to form with rain approaching from the southwest. 

>>5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times in the morning. Temperatures will climb to near 60 degrees.

SATURDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. A few thunderstorms possible. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s. Flooding will be possible in low-lying and flood-prone areas.


SUNDAY: Early morning rain. Flooding will be possible in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Rain will end with clouds clearing in the afternoon. It will be windy and a bit cooler with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

>>County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: Sunshine returns. Breezy with highs in the lower 50s. 

TUESDAY: Sunny and mild with highs in the lower 50s.

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Arrest made in attempted robbery at Table 33 restaurant in downtown Dayton

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:24 PM

Dayton police arrested a man who attempted to rob a bartender at Table 33 Restaurant in downtown Dayton. STAFF PHOTO/Jarod Thrush
Dayton police arrested a man who attempted to rob a bartender at Table 33 Restaurant in downtown Dayton. STAFF PHOTO/Jarod Thrush

Dayton police arrested an 18-year-old man after a failed robbery attempt at Table 33 restaurant in downtown Dayton.

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According to a Dayton Police report, just after 5 p.m. Thursday, a man in camo pants and a red shirt grabbed a female bartender by the arm and ordered her twice to open the cash register.

The woman refused both demands and the man ran away.

A Dayton officer spotted the suspect a short time later on Salem Ave.

The officer gave chase and arrested the man a mile and a half away from the restaurant near the 700-block of Salem Ave.  He was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County jail.

No weapon was used in the robbery attempt and no one was hurt.

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