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Number of House Fires Down in Dayton

DAYTON -- It might not seem like it, but according to Dayton's Fire Department, there have been fewer house fires so far this year, compared to the same time period as last year.

"They've just been happening either one after another like almost one every night or one every other night," said Will Williams, who lives in the Twin Towers neighborhood in Dayton. "We'll wake up in the middle of the night with ashes coming through our vents and air conditioners and smoke is coming through our windows, it's really bad."

Williams is no stranger to house fires, but the fire department says they're fighting fires less and less.

"We've experienced about a 12 percent decline in fires from the same time last year," said Assistant Chief Paul Sheehan, Emergency Services for Dayton's Fire Department.

Sheehan speculates it has something to do with the city aggressively tearing down eyesores, like vacant homes.

"It's kept us from having to go back two, three, four times to the same structure," Sheehan said.

Firefighters say another reason for fewer fires is because they're cracking down on the arsonists.

"We have been able to see an increase in our arrests, we've had 48 arrests last year, which is up quite a bit from previous years," Sheehan said.

"If they can get these arsonists quick and get them off the street, it'll be a lot better for the community and the children around here," said Williams.

The community can also help control the number of fires as well.

"If you see those vacant houses that have boards missing," Sheehan said. "If you see people going in and out, possible criminal activity may lead to an arson fire, by all means call the fire department and let them know what's going on."

If you would like to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood to the Dayton Fire Department, call 937-333-4500.

 
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