1 suffers minor injuries in morning Dayton house fire

A person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with minor injuries after a fire started at a vacant Dayton house Thursday morning.

Though the house was vacant, there were occupants inside at the time of the fire, said Dayton Fire District Chief Cheryl Clark.

It’s not clear how many people were in the house, but Clark said there were “several.”

The injured person was burned as the they left the house, she said. Fire crews found them outside the house.

The fire was reported in the first block of Mcreynolds Street around 9:45 a.m. Thursday. There was heavy fire coming through the roof and heavy smoke when fire crews arrived on scene.

“It looks like it started on the second floor,” Clark said. “It’s definitely unlivable.”

Another vacant house neighboring the blaze was exposed, but firefighters made to protect the building to prevent the fire from spreading.

“Everything was pretty smooth once we got our ladder guns up,” Clark said.

It’s not clear how the fire started. There was no electric or water hooked up to the house. A fire investigator was on the scene Thursday morning.

A man who owns a building two doors down from the house said it’s been vacant for at least a year.

“People need a place to live,” said Fred Burkhardt. “Vacant buildings are an attractive nuisance.”

He added that he wasn’t surprised a fire started.

“It was highly likely,” Burkhardt said. “It was more of a when than an if.”

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