Water main break creates challenge for firefighters responding to Biltmore Towers

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Firefighters had to call for mutual aid as they responded to a fire at Biltmore Towers Monday afternoon, as a water main break in Dayton left crews with low water pressure.

Around 2:50 p.m., crews responded to Biltmore Towers on Main Street for reports of a fire. Upon their arrival, alarms were sounding on floors 11, 12, and 14.

The elevators were not working which made it difficult for firefighters to reach the 14th floor where the most smoke was reported.

Crews made their way through several apartments to try to find the source of the fire. That source was eventually found in a unit on the 14th floor. The fire had been mostly contained by the building’s sprinkler system.

However, the sprinklers could not offer much relief from the smoke, which spread to lower floors of the building.

Deputy Chief Andrew Wiley with Dayton Fire says because of the large water main break in Dayton, crews had to call in mutual aid for three tankers, as low water pressure became an issue.

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The building had to be evacuated and Deputy Chief Wiley says several residents needed assistance in evacuating. Some were sheltered in place until smoke became a hazard.

One apartment unit was damaged by fire, while one floor suffered light smoke damage.

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