Firefighters unable to determine cause in Centerville apartment fire

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 2:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Police in Centerville have released cruiser cam video of when an officer arrived at the scene of an apartment fire early Tuesday morning.

UPDATE @ 3:58 p.m. (Oct. 25):

A cause to a fire in a Centerville apartment is unable to be determined due to the amount of damage, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

According to the office, the building is not being considered a total loss and officials do not believe it is suspicious in nature.

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UPDATE @ 5 p.m. (Oct. 24):

Two Centerville police officers pulled Timothy Stark from a burning apartment to a hallway, where heavy smoke forced them to turn back at a three-story apartment building at 261 N. Main St. in Centerville behind Marion’s Piazza.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., residents of a neighboring apartment reported the fire, and that people were trapped.

“Prior to the fire department arriving on the scene, two Centerville Police Department officers assisted the victim to the hallway, where they were forced to turn back due to heavy smoke,” Washington Twp. Fire Chief William Gaul stated in a release.

The officers also helped evacuate the building of six residents. Centerville police said they had to make a “human chain” to help navigate the dense smoke.

The fire started in a second-floor apartment and was controlled within 10 minutes, Gaul said. Damage was contained to the apartment where the fire started.

Smoke detectors appeared to be working, and an estimated 10 residents were displaced, officicals said earlier.

Police in Centerville have released a 911 call in connection with an early-morning apartment fire.

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The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been contacted and is assisting with the investigation. Loss to the structure and contents has not been determined, Gaul said.

UPDATE @ 3:40 p.m:

Centerville police said Timothy Stark is the man officers helped pull from a burning apartment early this morning. 

EARLIER REPORT

One person was injured and several people were trapped and had to be rescued when a fire broke out at a Centerville apartment building.

When fire crews arrived on the scene of an apartment fire in Centerville around 1:30 a.m., two Centerville officers already had pulled a victim from an apartment out into a hallway, fire officials said. Crews removed the victim and took him to an area hospital. 

Mutual aid was requested from Kettering, Sugarcreek Twp. and Bellbrook fire crews.

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Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R, other spots

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along rivers

As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”

>> Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

There are flood alerts over the next couple days.

  • Flood Warning through 5 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties
  • Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Butler County near Middletown

There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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High water blocks some roads; troopers urge driver safety

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

Flooding causes driving concern in Miami Valley

Heavy rains made for tough driving conditions Saturday, but high water remains a concern through the weekend.

Lower lying and more rural roads are at a greater risk of flooding, such as Ohio 68 in Beavercreek, and Ohio 725, which is closed until further notice between Peniwit and Lower Bellbrook roads.

>> Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R., other spots

“We just want motorists to take a little extra time in planning where they want to go,” Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Anyone planning to head out this morning should be aware of potential flooding that could block your way.

If you see standing water in the roadway, turn around, even if the water appears shallow.

“It’s not worth the risk. It’s better to just safely turn around and find another way,” Murphy said.

>> Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

On wet roadways another concern is hydroplaning, when tires lose their grip on the pavement. Motorists in that situation are advised to “just let off the gas, slow down, and try to get to a safe area,” Murphy said.

Late Saturday and early Sunday there were reports of flooding throughout the Miami Valley.

11:30 p.m.: Hebble Creek was out of its banks in Fairborn in Greene County

11:17 p.m.: A flash flood in Lebanon in Warren County led to multiple road closures throughout the county due to high water, including Morrow-Milgrove Road, Lower Springboro and South Pioneer roads and Corwin Road.

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Over 2,500 power outages in Beavercreek

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:46 AM

DP&L crews are working on restoring power to over 2,500 customers Sunday. 

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A mainline feeder de-energized and locked out, forcing several in Beavercreek, Research Park area and customers off North Fairfield Road to lose power around 12:30 a.m., according to Director of Operations for DP&L Kelly Milhouse.

Crews are working to identify the cause. There is no estimated time for when customer’s power will be restored, Milhouse said.

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Heavy rain moves out but flood alerts continue

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:55 PM

After a couple of very soggy days, we're looking forward to more dry time to start the new week in the Dayton area.

The heavy rain threat will come to an end overnight as the storm system moves to our east, but a few lingering showers will be possible through daybreak Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be steady in the middle to upper 40s overnight.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Flash Flood Warning until 2:15 a.m. Sunday for part of Warren County
  • Flood Watch until 10 a.m. Sunday for entire region
  • Flood Warning for parts of Greene and Warren counties along the Little Miami River
  • Along Great Miami River, Flood Warning to 7:32 p.m. Monday in Sidney in Shelby County; from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m. Monday near Middletown in Butler County

>> Weekend brings more rain, threat for strong storms

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

>> Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend; where will flooding occur?

Sunday: A pre-dawn shower is possible early, but aside from that clouds will decrease to allow for some afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 mph at times.

Severe Weather Threats(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

A Flood Watch is in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for the entire region(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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