Location, wind cause challenges for firefighters on Philadelphia Drive

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Smoke could be seen pouring from one Dayton neighborhood Tuesday morning after a fire started at a house.

“Clearly we had some access problems. The house is up on a hill,” says Dayton Fire Department District Chief Chris Kinzeler. “We don’t operate from alleys. So it was a challenge to actually get to the structure.”

Crews had difficulty getting to the house surrounded by overgrown brush on Philadelphia Drive near Lexington Avenue after a fire sparked around 10 a.m.

“Crews made an aggressive attack inside,” describes the chief. “Crews attempted to make their way up to the second floor into the attic but the fire was so heavy.”

The wind added to the threat by fueling the flames.

Determining the house was abandoned, the chief pulled his crews out to take a defensive approach. Under control in a couple hours, firefighters spent the day putting out hot-spots.

“Embers can float–some studies say up to a mile–so we wanted to make sure we got it under control as quick as we could,” states Kinzeler.

The chief says the cause is under investigation, but arson is a possibility.

“With no active utilities for the last decade, it’s suspicious,” states Kinzeler.

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