Large fire destroys Dayton house, damages two others; cause remains unknown

DAYTON — A house in Dayton was destroyed and two neighboring houses were damaged by a large fire Tuesday night.

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Fire crews responded just after 11 p.m. and found the house in the 1600 block of Tuttle Avenue engulfed in flames, said Dayton fire Capt. Brad French. Firefighters immediately went defensive and were unable to get inside to see if there was anyone trapped.

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“We have a contractor coming out to assist us and pull some of the debris apart,” said Dayton Fire District Captain Mike Fasnacht. “We can do a more thorough search and make sure there was no one inside and make sure all the fire and hot embers are knocked down.”

Fasnacht said when crews arrived Tuesday night, the fire had already been going for a “long time” and the fire had spread to two neighboring houses.

“There was no way to go in,” he said. “No one would have survived if we were able to get inside.”

Firefighters were able to evacuate everyone that was in a house to the left. A home to the right was under renovation and no one was inside.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dayton Fire Department at (937) 333-TIPS or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at (937) 222-STOP.