Vacant house burns again; requires demolition

Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 3:22 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 5:20 AM

            Immediate demolition requested for house set ablaze three times
Immediate demolition requested for house set ablaze three times

UPDATE @ 5:15 a.m.: Firefighters say a vacant home burned for the third time in three months on Maryland Avenue in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched to the 300 block of Maryland Avenue around 3 a.m. Wednesday after neighbors reported seeing flames and smoke from the house.

District Chief Rennes Bowers from the Dayton Fire Department says crews fought the fire defensively because of the extent of the flames and the history with the house.

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Bowers says the house was severely damaged from a fire set three months ago. Crews also responded to a small fire at the address yesterday morning, but that fire did not damage the structure.

Bowers now says this blaze has made the structure very unstable and will require emergency demolition.

All three fires are considered very suspicious and investigators say they believe an accelerant was used in all three blazes.

Rennes adds investigators have some tips from neighbors on who might by setting the fires, but declined to identify a potential suspect.

No injuries were reported and none of the surrounding structures were damaged.


Firefighters have responded to a reported fully engulfed house fire near the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Hart Street in Dayton.

Crews were first dispatched around 3 a.m. and have reported the structure is vacant.

Reports also indicate that crews are fighting this fire defensively.

We are heading to the scene and will update this page when new information is available.