Fire started in dog house where homeless man lived

Published: Sunday, August 14, 2016 @ 9:01 AM
Updated: Sunday, August 14, 2016 @ 12:25 PM

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.

A fire that damaged a vacant home on George Street in Dayton Sunday morning started in a “dog house” outside the structure where a homeless man had been living, according to Dayton Fire District Chief Rennes Bowers.

A neighbor reported seeing heavy smoke pouring from the rear of the home. When crews arrived they were able to knock down the flames in the first floor, but the fire had spread into the walls and up into the attic, Bowers said.

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Crews went up to the attic and put out the remaining flames. No one was inside the home and no one was injured.

Bowers said the cause of the fire appears suspicious and is under investigation.

He said neighbors reported a man was living in the sizable dog house.

“He had a mattress in the dog house and the fire appears to have started in the dog house and spread to the rear of the structure,” Bowers said.

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m.

The fire is under control in the first block of George Street and the cause is under investigation.

No one was reported inside the home and no one was injured.

We’re working to gather more details.

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EARLIER

Fire crews are on the scene of a house fire in Dayton.

Dispatchers received the report of the fire around 8:49 am Sunday Morning.

Initial reports indicate this is a vacant house and flames are visible.

We have a crew heading to the scene and will provide updates to this page as they become available.