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Officials dealing with rash of vacant garage fires

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 1:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 2:09 PM

Dayton fire investigators are concerned as a recent string of vacant garage fires continued this afternoon.

Crews were called to 834 Wilfred Ave. just before 1 p.m. on reports of a structure fire. Once on scene, they discovered an active garage fire that was in danger of burning the adjoining house.

“The garage was burning well enough to expose the house,” said Dayton District Fire Chief Vincent Wiley.

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Chief Wiley expressed worry about the blaze, saying “A vacant house fire can very easily involve an occupied house and turn into a tragedy.”

No injuries were suffered in this incident but the fire is being called suspicious by investigators.

Dayton fire crews have seen a rash of these type of infernos this summer.

Harrison Twp. fire officials responded to a garage fire at 32 Redder Ave. on Aug. 7. That fire, which occurred at a vacant garage, was also ruled suspicious and is under investigation by Montgomery County fire officials.

On June 12, officials fought a blaze at a vacant garage fire in the 2600 block of East Fifth Street; it also was ruled suspicious.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who take some kind of joy or something in this,” said Chief Wiley, referring to the suspected arsonists. “What they don’t realize is that even though they are vacant structures, they put a lot of fire fighters and a lot of the public at risk.”

Officials estimated this fire caused about $12,000 in damage.