Arson is cause of Dayton house fire that started in basement, officials say


UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m.:

The cause of a fire early Monday on Cherry Drive has now been ruled arson, according to Dayton fire investigators.

There are no arrests and a criminal investigation is underway.

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

The local American Red Cross chapter has stepped in to help the family whose home caught on fire early Monday morning. 

The couple who lives in the home were there when the fire started. But they showed up as firefighters were working to extinguish the flames.

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“Typically when we have a fire like this, we have Vectren and DP&L come out and shut off the utilities because we have wires exposed and potential problems with the gas meter,” said Cheryl Clark, district chief of the Dayton fire Department. “The biggest problem they’ll have, because the weather is getting cooler. That’s an issue.” 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters responded to an early morning fire at a home in the 500 block of Cherry Drive in Dayton Monday.

The fire, which was contained in the basement of the home, caused about $10,000 in damage, said Cheryl Clark, district chief for the Dayton Fire Department. No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries, she said. 

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Neighbors noticed the fire just before 4 a.m. and called 911. When firefighters arrived at the scene they had to force their way into house and found the fire in the basement, Clark said. 

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, she said. 


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