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Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 11:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 7:56 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m.:
A second fire broke out at a Dayton home on South Smithville Road just hours after a first fire caused significant damage to the structure.
The second fire was first reported as a rekindle around 6:30 a.m. at the home in the 700 block of South Smithville Road.
An initial investigation into the second fire found it was not a rekindle, however firefighters stopped short of calling it arson. An arson investigator has responded to the scene and is helping the investigation, firefighters said.
The second fire was a bed in a front room that caught fire, investigators said. The previous fire overnight was located in a back bedroom.
No one was in the home when the second fire was reported.
Additional details were not available.
A Dayton man who uses a walker had plenty of time to safely get out of his house late Wednesday night after a fire broke out in a back bedroom area and spread to his kitchen.
No one was injured in the fire reported around 11:20 p.m. at a home in the 700 block of South Smithville Road.
Dayton Fire Department District Chief Cheryl Clark said the man’s smoke alarm gave him enough of a warning that he was able to exit his house without issue.
“It’s a great thing that he had a smoke detector,” she said. “He’s an older gentleman, he uses a walker, so it gave him the extra time he needed to get out of the house.”
However, there initially was concern the man’s nephew might have been in a back bedroom. A check of the home by Dayton firefighters determined no one else was inside.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.