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Dayton FD investigates suspected arson on Xenia Ave.

Dayton FD investigates suspected arson on Xenia Ave. (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- The call for help came in a little before 2:30 a.m. Monday from an apartment building in the 300 block of Xenia Ave. A fire had started in the rear of the building.

Firefighters were able to quickly put it out but they soon realized it was the latest in a series of arsons in the area.

Bryan Adams, with the Dayton Fire Department says unlike other crimes, there isn’t always a lot for investigators to go on when it comes to arsons.

"A lot of times (arson fires) are more difficult to solve because a lot of the evidence and things that could be used (to catch the person responsible) aren't as usable anymore," Adams said.

Police say because of the help of the people who live in the building they were able to arrest a suspect, Timothy Bowemerister, 32.

Bowemerister is in jail on several charges including aggravated arson.

There have been several fires in the area over the past couple of weeks and investigators are questioning him to see if he may be responsible for any other arsons.

We talked with Leslie Sheward, the president of the Twin Towers Neighborhood Association and a resident of east Dayton.

"It's very alarming to the homeowners, especially in our community because a lot of the houses are so close together," Sheward said.

It was just Thursday there was a fire on Church St. Three firefighters were hurt as a vacant home burned to the ground. Luckily none of them seriously injured. No arrests have been made in that case as of this writing.

"The community is the eyes and ears of the police department and if the community doesn't step up and be their eyes and ears, the only way the police can catch crime is when they see it happening," Sheward said.

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