Fire crews returned to the scene of a massive fire in Dayton early Thursday morning.
Nearly 24 hours after three houses caught on fire on Five Oaks Avenue near N. Main Street, a fire rekindled in one of those homes.
Fire officials say the fire rekindled in the back wall of the second floor of one of the homes.
Crews worked quickly to knock down the new fire.
Fire officials say in larger fires, rekindles like this can happen.
“In these types of fires, you get a really deep-seeded fire in there,” Dayton District Fire Chief Cheryl Clark said. “It’s possible to get a very small spot in the house that wasn’t completely extinguished, remains warm, kind of smolders throughout the day and then it flares up later on.”
Clark says Dayton Fire crews checked the location of the Five Oaks Avenue fire throughout the day Wednesday, but didn’t see any activity. Someone passing by saw smoke at the house and called 911, triggering another response from Dayton Fire crews.
Fire officials ruled Wednesday morning’s fire suspicious. Three homes caught on fire, with one being destroyed. Two of the houses were vacant.
Clark says there is nothing suspicious about the rekindling of the fire.
According to Clark, the house that rekindled was scheduled to be demolished Wednesday. It is expected to be torn down Thursday.