8 properties damaged after large fire in Dayton

DAYTON — Eight properties were damaged after a large fire in Dayton on Monday.

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Around 3:20 p.m. Dayton firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Leonhard Street for reports of a garage fire, according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch.

A garage fire started in the backyard of a property that was surrounded by a large number of tires, according to District Chief Matt McClain.

McClain said due to the way rubber burns it caused the fire to build up heat and grow quickly.

Eight total properties reported damage from the property, three on Leonhard Street and five on Lamar Street.

The damage to other properties included melting siding and rubber embers that fell onto and burned roofs.

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“I was definitely under the impression that my house was going to be gone,” Lacie Reynolds said.

Reynolds lives two doors down from the fire and was home when it started.

“We just started panicking we didn’t know what to do,” she said.

The flames reached her house, damaged her siding, and burned down her garage.

It also destroyed items she had stored inside the garage that cannot be replaced.

“We lost a lot of family pictures,” Reynolds said. “A lot of sentimental items.”

No injuries were reported, McClain said.

The city is looking into why so many tires were stored at the property and if it violated any codes.

We will continue to follow this story and update as new information is released.

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