WATCH: Sky 7 shows fire damage of historic building in Dayton; Fire placed under control

DAYTON — @UPDATE @7:35 p.m.

Fire officials have placed an early morning fire of a historic building in Dayton under control.

>>PHOTOS: Sky 7 shows fire damage to historic building in Dayton

Firefighters were dispatched to the Wright Company airplane factory at 2:28 a.m. and officials placed it under control at 6:58 p.m., Montgomery County Regional Dispatchers told News Center 7.

Images from Sky 7 show significant damage to the roof of the building.

No injuries were reported as it was vacant when the fire broke out.

We have a news crew on scene and will provide updates of this developing story.


The Dayton Fire Department continues to battle a factory fire.

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Firefighters were called to Inland Ave and West Third Street at 2:32 a.m. Sunday.

“The Incident Commander immediately determined that due to the intensity of fire conditions throughout the building and fire already breaching the roof, no interior firefighting operations were possible for DFD personnel. Crews set up several attack hose lines to operate from exterior positions, as well as multiple aerial ladders to flow water down into openings in the roof that had burned through,” a Dayton Fire Department spokesperson said in a release.

The building was vacant when the fire broke out and no injuries have been reported.

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The three-alarm fire not only required a response from several Dayton fire companies but also from those of surrounding communities.

“The structure involved in this fire incident is of national historic significance. It is listed on the National Historic Register as the first aircraft manufacturing facility founded by the Wright Brothers, and currently stands as the oldest aircraft manufacturing facility in the world,” a Dayton Fire Department spokesperson said in a release.

The factory involved is the historic Wright Company Factory. The factory was the first factory in America to manufacture airplanes, and the National Aviation Heritage was working to resort to it.

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“We are deeply saddened by the fire that damaged our historic Wright Company airplane factory, the first purpose built buildings for the aviation industry. We are grateful to the fire department for their quick and brave response, and we are working to assess the extent of the damage and the impact on our heritage,” Mackensie Wittmer, National Aviation Heritage Area Executive Director, said via social media.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Dayton Fire Department. Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to contact Dayton fire at 937-333-TIPS.

We will update this story as it develops.

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