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No smoke detectors in home of fatal fire, official says

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 8:09 AM
Updated: Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

            New information released in Craig Drive house fire
New information released in Craig Drive house fire

While the cause of a fire that took the life of a grandfather, mother and two young children in Kettering Thursday morning is still unknown, the State Fire Marshal has determined that there were no working smoke detectors in the home on Craig Drive.

The four people killed in the blaze have been tentatively identified by the Montgomery County Coroner's office as Forrest Carroll, 76; Alicia Carroll-Mobley, 36; Shaun N. Mobley Jr., 4; and Jacob S. Mobley, 2 years old.

Forrest Carroll was found deceased outside of the home on Craig Drive while the other three victims were located inside once the fire was extinguished.

A Kettering fire official said there was, "absolutely no hope," of rescuing anyone inside the home when fire crews arrived early this morning to intense heat and flames.

Alicia's husband Shaun Mobley Sr. and their two daughters escaped the fire, which damaged two neighboring homes.

Alicia Mobley's brother-in-law John Weber said Shaun Mobley Sr. was injured in the fire and is recovering at Kettering Medical Center. He said the family was planning to gather at the home on Saturday to celebrate Shaun Mobley Jr.'s 4th birthday, which was Wednesday.

Weber also confirmed that Forrest Carroll was Alicia's father.

Kari Basson, community relations coordinator for the Kettering City School District, said the district was contacted by a school resource officer with the Kettering Police Department and told some of their students were involved in the fire on Craig Drive. District officials have assembled crisis management teams at Indian Riffle School and Kettering Middle School.

Shaun Mobley Jr. was in the preschool program at Indian Riffle.

Basson said a third grader who survived the fire is also a student at Indian Riffle and an 8th grader who survived is a student at the middle school.

Staff at the middle school are trying to coordinate fund raising efforts for the family. A donation drive and account for the family have also been advertised on social media today. A "Mobley Family Fund" has also been established through Fifth Third Bank.

The home in the 1900 block of Craig Drive is completely destroyed, having collapsed into the basement. A home to the south also caught fire and suffered extensive damage, while the home to the north was damaged by heat from the flames.

When police first arrived on scene just before 4 a.m. the home was fully engulfed.

A man was outside the home and the responding police officer attempted to save him, but the intense heat prevented the officer from making it to the victim, Kettering Police Lt. Craig Moore said.

Police said they believe that man initially escaped the home unharmed but went back into the burning structure.

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene and the officer suffered minor injuries, Moore said. Officer J.P. Jung drove to the hospital for treatment of minor heat related injuries.

Two firefighters also suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze and were removed to the hospital.

Kettering Fire Battalion Chief Jon Durrenberg said that man was found in the driveway and the three additional victims were found inside the home.

"Where they were at the time of the fire is hard to determine because of the damage to the house," he said. "That's still under investigation."

The investigation into the cause of the fire has been turned over to the State Fire Marshal's office.

"Although we do not yet know what caused this tragic loss of life, I want to remind everyone that working smoke detectors save lives," said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers in a statement Thursday afternoon. "It is so important that everyone have a functioning smoke alarm in their home and have an escape plan with at least two ways out."

Emergency crews received a 911 call from neighbors around 3:50 a.m. reporting flames shooting from the home.

"Around 3:40 a.m. I heard somebody yelling, 'Is anybody in the house, is anybody in the house?'" said neighbor Larry Graf. "The flames were pretty intense...You could feel the heat from it."

Firefighters arrived and attempted to make entry into the residence, but were unable to because of the extent of the flames, Moore said.

Durrenberg said firefighters worked to remove the man found in the driveway and then concentrated their efforts on extinguishing the fire.

"There was absolutely no hope from the time the first crews arrived that anybody could be rescued," Durrenberg said.

Rain showers start the week, possible snow flurries Tuesday 

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM

Rain showers are expected today and Monday in the Dayton area, the chance for snow returns Tuesday.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • A few showers expected today
  • More rain likely Monday
  • Colder with the chance for snow Tuesday

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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TODAY: A few showers are expected throughout the day today. While it won’t be a wash-out, you’ll want to make sure you have an umbrella handy if you have plans to be out. Temperatures will be on the mild side in the mid to upper 40s. 

TONIGHT: A few light showers can’t be ruled out overnight, but more dry time is expected. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: More rain expected for the day, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy at times with highs peaking in the lower to mid 50s. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

TUESDAY: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures will likely fall through the entire day with a chance for snow showers or flurries. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Another cool day expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 30s. 

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies as temperatures peak in the upper 30s again.

Amber Alert issued for Texas toddler

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

An Amber Alert was issued in Texas for a 2-year-old boy from San Antonio.
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An Amber Alert was issued in Texas for a 2-year-old boy from San Antonio.(Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

The Texas Department of Public Service has issued an Amber Alert for a 2-year-old boy from San Antonio who may be “in grave or immediate” danger, KXXV reported.

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The San Antonio Police Department said it was searching for Aaron Joseph Concepcion. The boy is Hispanic, 30 inches tall and weighs 20 pounds. The child has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing white-colored pajamas, KXXV reported. 

In connection with the abduction, police are looking for Richard Jose Concepcion, 37, a Hispanic man who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 200 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes, the San Antonio Police Department said, adding in a tweet that the suspect was wanted for homicide.

San Antonio police said  Concepcion shot and killed his girlfriend and then fled with their 2-year-old son, The San Antonio Express-News reported.

Police said Concepcion was driving a white, 2016 Toyota Tundra, with a license plate number of GH58MH. The truck has an Alaska sticker, flag with a “Don't tread on me” snake decal sticker on the back window, and the plate has speciality “bronze star” plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Antonio Police Department at 210-207-7660.

Is the Dayton Arcade project at risk under new tax plan?

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

Plans to revitalize the Dayton Arcade could change under the GOP’s new tax plan, according to a story published Friday by the Wall Street Journal.

Under the new law signed by President Donald Trump last month, the 20 percent reimbursement provided to developers who are awarded federal historic tax credits is spread out over five years instead of one, which reduces the incentive to rehabilitate historic structures, according to WSJ’s report.

A number of local developers, preservationists and elected leaders from the Dayton area in December called on U.S. lawmakers to preserve the federal tax incentive program that has helped redevelop dozens of historic and iconic buildings in Dayton, resulting in an estimated $270 million in investment.

Here is what the Dayton Daily News reported: LOSS OF INCENTIVES WOULD BE DEVASTATING

The program is widely used by developers to finance restoration projects on former factories, empty department stores and other disused buildings, which helps to “inject life into sagging main streets,” according to WSJ’s report.

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In December, the Dayton Daily News reported that Dayton Arcade’s development partners Cross Street Partners and Miller-Valentine Group were awarded $4 million in historic state tax credits on a proposed $41 million project to overhaul the collection of eight buildings in downtown Dayton. Those buildings, which once housed shops, a farmer’s market, apartments and offices, were closed 26 years ago.

The redevelopment plans include putting in pop-up restaurants and apartments around one anchor tenant yet to be announced.

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WSJ reports that developer Cross Street Partners rushed to finish long-term leases on the Dayton Arcade’s eight buildings at the end of last year in the hopes of qualifying under the old tax-credit rules.

WSJ reports that David Williams, senior director at Cross Street Partners, said the weakened tax-credit program could have threatened a carefully constructed financing plan, which includes multiple tax incentives.

“A hiccup like that can be pretty devastating,” Williams is quoted in the report.

The Dayton Daily News will continue providing ongoing coverage of the efforts to redevelop the Dayton Arcade, a collection of eight buildings  

Dayton area home influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright designs

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

            Granite counter tops, wood cabinets with raised-panel doors and miniature tile backsplashes surround the kitchen’s work space.
Granite counter tops, wood cabinets with raised-panel doors and miniature tile backsplashes surround the kitchen’s work space.

The influence of Frank Lloyd Wright’s distinctive architectural styling comes to mind on stepping into the home at 1109 Viewpoint Drive in Washington Twp.

Following Wright’s belief that a home needs to be one with its outdoor setting, the design and floor plan of this 1966 raised ranch makes use of large windows to integrate panoramic nature views into its interior.

“The recent updates to this home are impressive,” said Bobbie Roland of Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors.

“Its picturesque setting has few rivals – there are beautiful trees and a landscaped yard, which features an in-ground swimming pool, seven gardens, an outdoor kitchen, stone walls and staircase, a concrete storage shed and a circular driveway,” said Roland.

Offering about 4,800 square feet of living space, this home is listed for $399,000.

From the circular driveway, an open courtyard space with a modern fountain connects to the covered front porch.

Double doors with glass inserts open into the central entry, where earth-toned ceramic tile covers the floor and indirect lighting is created with wall sconces.

“You can express your individuality in this versatile floor plan,” said Roland.

The original living room is currently used as a formal dining room, while the original dining room offers options for a study, sitting room or main-level office.

Faux-painted walls surround the current dining room, which benefits from a four-window casement grouping overlooking the pool and the wooded area beyond it.

The kitchen’s vaulted ceiling holds a deep well with two skylights and a central fan. Granite counter tops, wood cabinets with raised-panel doors and miniature tile backsplashes surround the work space.

Space is available for a breakfast table and chairs beside a large window flanked by tall casements to enjoy the panoramic view with morning coffee. Stainless-steel appliances include a dishwasher, microwave oven, the French-door refrigerator and a smooth-surface range with two ovens. There is a walk-in pantry, and a wet bar is installed behind folding doors.

A wide pass-through with a granite counter converts to breakfast bar on the family room side, where stone facing accents the fireplace. Beyond a TV alcove there are built-in bookshelves and cabinets in a sitting/reading area.

Sliding glass doors open to a sun room completely surrounded by triple-stacked windows. The beamed vaulted ceiling has two paddle fans. A Forester pellet stove stands in one corner ready to use on cool evenings.

All the major gathering areas enjoy large windows overlooking the in-ground swimming pool and outdoor sitting areas framed by terraced landscaping with brick retainer walls. A semi-circular stone counter at the edge of the deck has storage cabinets and space for a barbecue grill.

A hallway behind the family room accesses a separate workroom and stairs to attic storage space with extra insulation.

A handmade walnut railing edges the spiral staircase, which descends to the lower level with a rounded stone accent wall at the bottom.

In the main bedroom suite, the remodeled bath has a double vanity with vessel bowls and a triangular corner tub complete with shower heads. Organizers, drawers and hanging spaces are neatly built into the walk-in closet.

Installed with a hot tub and surrounded by windows the spa room connects directly to the outdoor pool area.

Three additional bedrooms with double closets are near another full bathroom, which has been remodeled in similar style to the bath in the main bedroom suite. The laundry room has built-in cabinets, counter tops, laundry chute, washer and dryer and an exit to the rear yard.

A safe room doubles as wine room with multiple wood bottle racks.

With a central sitting area, the lower level would convert to another bedroom suite if needed.

Back on the main level there is a guest bedroom suite that sits left of the entry. It offers a cedar-lined walk-in closet and a remodeled bath with tub and shower.


Price: $399,000

Open house: Jan. 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Directions: Mad River Road to west on Brittany Hills Drive, north on Kimway Drive, left on Viewpoint Drive

Highlights: About 4,800 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths, 2-story raised ranch, built in 1966, major updates, remodeled kitchen and baths, all appliances, finished walkout lower level, porch, patio, fence, in-ground pool, sunroom, spa room, storage shed, attached 3-car garage, security system

For more information:

Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors

Bobbie Roland

(937) 913-9960