Fire damages Dayton landscaping business

UPDATE @ 4 a.m.

A Dayton landscaping business suffered damage, but most of its equipment was salvaged after fire broke out in a garage Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched on reports of a fire at BrightView Landscaping at 1038 Brandt Pike around 1:40 a.m. where crews located fire coming from a garage in the business.

Dayton Fire District Chief Barry Baldwin said several pieces of equipment caught fire inside the building, which later spread through the walls and to the roof.

Baldwin said it appears that the equipment fire almost burned itself completely out before a few flames spread to the building.

“[The business] is extremely lucky that we’re dealing with a lot more damaged than lost,” he said.

Firefighters faced some adversity when the closest fire hydrant failed and started to come out of the ground. Baldwin said firefighters train for these situations and ran over 1,100 feet of hose across Brandt Street to the next hydrant to keep water on the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown but is believed to be accidental.

The business was not outfitted with a fire alarm system, something Baldwin said the owners will consider installing.

No injuries have been reported.


Firefighters in Dayton are on the scene of a reported structure fire at BrightView Landscaping early Wednesday morning.

Crews were dispatched to the business at 1038 Brandt Street around 1:40 a.m. and reported a fire at the business behind a locked gate.

Firefighters asked for police to block Brandt Street in both directions, according to scanner traffic.

We have a crew heading to the scene and we’ll update this page when new information is available.

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