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Vacant Home Goes up in Flames on Lakeview

DAYTON -- Another vacant home goes up in flames in Dayton and this time firefighters decide to just let it burn. It happened at the intersection of Lakeview and Dearborn avenues on Dayton's west side.

The fire happened around 3 p.m.

"I seen the smoke from all the way down the street," said Brandon Alexander who lives nearby.

At first, firefighters were not attacking the fire even though it is only getting bigger. They say that once they realized it was a total loss, they needed to let the flames go through the roof since it's much easier to attack the fire from above. Plus the home has been vacant now for a few years and it's not worth risking the firefighters' lives.

"I know it doesn't look good," said Dayton Fire District Chief James Rose. "It's a calculated risk that we take. It's a big structure. It's well involved. It's totally unsafe inside so we won't commit interior crews to a vacant structure where there's no rescue problem and no life hazard. "We aren't going to endanger our own people for a vacant structure."

The wind was a minor factor. Firefighters tell me it would've been a lot worse if there was  a home adjacent to the burning structure. Obviously if that was the case, they wouldn't have just let it burn.

Firefighters say it started somewhere in the back of the two story structure. There were no utilities, no electricity, so obviously structures don't catch on fire by themselves. Therefore arson  investigators were on scene. 

We spoke to neighbors off camera who tell us they do see a great deal of people playing in the area and sometimes going in and out.

This is the second arson in four days in Dayton. An arsonist destroyed a home Wednesday in Harrison Township.

That day a nearby ministry was supposed to help people recovering from addiction, chronic homelessness and mental illness move in to the home.

"The downfall of Dayton, just pathetic," said Alexander. "Prayer, that's all we can do is pray."
 
Call the State Fire Marshal if you have any info on either arson.

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