Emergency demolition set after Drummer Ave. house fire

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Fire officials are calling for an emergency demolition of a house on Drummer Avenue after an early morning fire.

Crews responded to a fire call in the 100 block of Drummer Avenue, between McLain and Josie Streets.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the house.

Crews battled the fire for nearly an hour, due to the design of the house.

Fire officials say the house was a total loss, and several hot spots inside the home let for the emergency demolition call.

Neighbors say the people who lived at the house has moved out 24-48 hours before the fire started.

Fire officials say the fire is suspicious. Investigators know who lived in the house prior to the fire and they plan to speak with those people.

Two surrounding houses were also damaged by the fire. A vacant house suffered minor damage, while an occupied house suffered more serious damage.

Fire officials estimate the damage to the occupied house to $20-$25,000.

People living inside that house were able to get out safely. Fire officials say they plan to stay with family and friends.

According to fire officials, there are security cameras on one of the neighboring homes. Once power is restored, investigators will ask to see video from those cameras to look for clues as to what started the fire.

Fire officials say there were no major injuries, but several firefighters were fatigued after battling the fire for nearly an hour.

The fire drew a large response from the Dayton Fire Department, with five engines and two ladder trucks on scene.

We have a crew on the scene and we’ll provide updates as they become available.

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