Vacant house in Dayton damaged in morning fire

Published: Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 5:06 AM
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

East Fourth Street fire sparks frustration about vacant homes

UPDATE @ 11:12 a.m.

This fire has rekindled and fire crews remain on scene.

UPDATE @ 6:10 a.m.

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Firefighters are working to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a vacant house in Dayton early Monday morning.

Crews were dispatched to a house in the 2700 block of East Fourth Street around 5 a.m. on a reported fire in a vacant house.

Dayton Fire District Chief Barry Baldwin said firefighters found heavy smoke and flames from the first floor of the house, with some of the fire extending to the second floor. Baldwin said crews were able to get the fire under control in a matter of minutes.

Baldwin said the house was boarded up, but there was evidence someone was using the house as a place to sleep. No one was found in the house when firefighters searched the structure.

Baldwin said it was not known if the house fire was related to several garage fires in the last few days. The cause of the fire was also not known, but is believed to be either arson or accidentally set.

No injuries were reported and none of the surrounding homes suffered damage.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters have responded to a reported house fire in the 2700 block of East Fourth Street in Dayton Monday morning.

Crews were dispatched around 4:55 a.m. and have reported heavy smoke and flames in the front of the structure.

Initial reports indicate the house appears to be abandoned.

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

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