Two escape flames in massive house fire, explosion in Dayton

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A home was fully engulfed in flames in downtown Dayton early Friday morning.

The massive fire happened on W. Great Miami Boulevard near N. Main Street around 2:30 a.m.

The fire was under control just after 5 a.m. but the home sustained heavy damage. Officials have requested an emergency demolition of the house due to the damage sustained in the fire.

Capt. Brad French of the Dayton Fire Department said fire crews were called to the scene around 2:30 Friday morning. When crews arrived they found heavy flames throughout the first floor of the two-story duplex.

Fire officials said one person escaped the flames from the rear and a second person jumped from a second-story window shortly before firefighters arrived. The person that jumped suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the two people that lived there.

Several propane tanks inside the building exploded and forced fire crews back to a defensive posture, and the structure is considered a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

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