Demolition of Food for Less store underway following fire

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 4:15 AM

Sky7 Food for Less demolition

UPDATE @ 1:45 p.m.:

Demolition of the Food for Less grocery store on East Third Street in Dayton is underway following a fire at the business Thursday night.

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INITIAL REPORT:

As crews continue to put out hot spots at a grocery store destroyed by a fire Thursday night, residents are left wondering where they will shop for food.

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Crews were called around 8:40 p.m. to the Food for Less grocery store at 3129 E. Third St. and found heavy flames and evidence of an explosion.

VIDEO: Flames shoot from Food for Less store in Dayton

“When our crews arrived on scene ... the debris from the front part of the building was in the street, so we would think that may have come from an explosion,” Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said.

The store closed between 30 and 45 minutes before the fire was reported, and no one was believed inside, Payne said.

“We have a fire investigator here,” the chief said, however, “there’s no reason to think anything suspicious is going on.”

Payne estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of water was used in the fire. Initially, crews had an issue with water pressure, which he said was fixed by the city of Dayton water department.

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Food for Less grocery destroyed by fire in Dayton, Nov. 9, 2017. DEANGELO BYRD/STAFF

Residents looking on said they were shocked and wondered where they are going to grocery shop.

“It’s terrible. I’ve been coming here for years, I mean years,” said Third Street resident Christine Hedrick.

She said it’s the only actual grocery store in the area.

“It breaks my heart,” she said. “I hope they rebuild and get it going again ... for the community.”

Cheyenne Gierus said she was just in the store before closing tonight. 

“Everything was fine,” she said. Later Thursday night, she saw flames coming from the store. “I just can’t believe it.”

A local resident called 911 to report the fire.

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“911. What’s your emergency?” “Food For Less is on fire,” the caller said. “It’s flaming bad. It’s bad, bad.”

No one was hurt in the fire, and no nearby structures had to be evacuated or were affected by flames.

A salt truck will be called to the treat the roadway, as temperatures will start in the low 20s this morning.

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Man reportedly seen running naked on I-75

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:04 AM

A man reportedly running along the area of Interstate 75 without clothes was taken to a hospital in Middletown Saturday morning.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers said they received a report of a man reportedly running southbound on the northbound side of I-75 south of the Austin Boulevard exit around 4:35 a.m. in Franklin Twp.

A scuffle with the man was reported before he was transported to Atrium Medical Center, according to OSP.

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Car crashes into the side of Sunlight Village counseling center in Dayton 

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

Dayton police confirmed the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the side of a youth counseling center in the 3300 block of W. Third St. Saturday morning did not sustain any serious injuries.

UPDATE @ 5:30 a.m.:

Dayton police confirmed the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the side of a youth counseling center in the 3300 block of W. Third St. Saturday morning did not sustain any serious injuries.

The driver was traveling westbound when he lost control and jumped the curb, causing the vehicle to crash into Sunlight Village, a counseling and therapy center for young adults. The car then landed on its side after striking the building. No one was inside at the time of the accident.

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The property belongs to Robert Lyons and his wife Jmila, pastors of The Marketplace Movement church next door to the building.

Jmila said this is the second time a car has crashed into properties they own. About a week and a half ago, a car crashed through the brick wall displaying the sign in front of Marketplace Movement church, Jmila said. 

UPDATE @ 3:52 a.m:

A vehicle crashed into the side of a house in the 3300 block of W. 3rd St. Saturday morning. 

The car turned over on its side after crashing into the west side of the home.

An ambulance left the scene at approximately 3:40 a.m.

The driver’s identity and extent of injuries is unknown.

It is unknown if anyone was inside at the time of the accident.

Dayton police and fire crews on scene of a car accident into the side of Sunlight Village counseling center on 3320 West Third St. in Dayton.(JEFFREY BROWN / STAFF)

FIRST REPORT: 

We are hearing reports of a car crash in the 3300 block of W. 3rd St. with possible entrapment. 

According to Montgomery County dispatch, the 9-1-1- caller said the driver lost control and crashed through a house. 

Officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:05 a.m. 

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com. 

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Power restored along U.S. 35 in western Montgomery Co.

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

As of about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, power has been fully restored to customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, according to a DP&L worker who was on scene working on the outage.

UPDATE @ 2:36 a.m.:

Power has been fully restored to customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, according to a DP&L worker who was on scene working on the outage. 

The outage lasted for about 2 and a half hours and affected over 4,000 customers. 

It’s not known what caused the outage.

UPDATE @ 2:23 a.m.:

According to the DP&L outage map, the number of affected customers has dropped to 1,084. The estimated restoration time is 3 a.m.

UPDATE @ 12:35 a.m.:

The number of reported outages now stands at 2,101, according to the DP&L online outage map.

INITIAL REPORT

More than 4,000 Dayton Power & Light customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, are without power and we're working to find out why. 

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According to the DP&L outage map, the outage is affecting 4,013 in the area of the Voyager Village Trailer Park and the Snickers Bar & Restaurant, between North Lutheran Church and Diamond Mill roads. 

An email to our newsroom describes a "complete power outage, lots of emergency vehicles" near the trailer park and the bar/restaurant. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Family of city commissioner to hold honorary street renaming

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:38 AM

The family of Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton city commissioner, is holding an honorary street renaming for him Saturday.

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The community is invited to the unveiling of Dean Lovelace Drive at Madden Hills Drive at 11 a.m. in Dayton.

A balloon release in memory of the late commissioner will also be held at the location.

Lovelace died last year on Memorial Day weekend at the age of 71.

He served as commissioner for 22 years and left the commission in 2016 for health reasons after finishing his sixth term.

Lovelace was described by friends and peers as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy residents of Dayton.

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