DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Flames flare from an apartment that's burned so many times, the arson reward sign was already posted when firefighters showed up.
"It's all been the same," says District Fire Chief Tim Rose. "They've all been under investigation."
2 NEWS has learned crews have put out five fires at the Elliot Avenue Apartment in the last year alone, after initial reports at the scene put the number at four.
But firefighters aren't the only ones feeling burned.
The man next door, Rudy Wilson, is through fighting the flame ups.
When we showed up he was already in the process of moving out.
"I'm embarrassed to have friends come over and see that I'm living in this kind of neighborhood," Wilson says.
So 2 NEWS called Dayton's Department of Building Services to find out why the apartment hasn't been taken down yet.
We're told paperwork was filed just last week declaring it a nuisance. It will be added to the list of 120 other fire damaged structures throughout the city.
But if the owner, who documents say lives in California, doesn't cooperate, the paperwork to tear down the remaining rubble here could take 4 to 6 months to process.
That's something Wilson isn't willing to wait on.
"I don't care where I have to move to or where I have to live, I'm not living next to something like that," Wilson says.
Sometimes the city can do an emergency demolition but we're told this property isn't considered enough of a danger.
Dayton is trying to tear down a record number of properties this year, 475, but estimates that there are 7,000 that need demolished in the city.
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