DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A man was found dead inside a Dayton home after it burned down Friday night.
The Dayton Fire Department responded to a report of “smoke in the area” around 11:00 pm near the intersection of Sylvan Drive and Whitmore Avenue Friday night, according to a release. They found a one-and-a-half-story home on the 600 block of Whitmore Avenue on fire.
The home was difficult for the fire crews to enter, the department said, due to “extreme hoarding conditions” blocking several points of entry. Crews were able to force entry through a rear window and found 64-year-old Jeffrey Millerton unconscious inside.
The department said crews moved Millerton outside for evaluation and treatment only to determine he had already died. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Millerton’s cause of death was smoke inhalation. His death was ruled an accident.
The next morning, Dayton Fire Department crews returned to the scene to extinguish remaining smoldering areas that were deep-seated under the hoarding conditions throughout the home. The department said all burning materials were removed, and the site is now secure.
The department said it is currently investigating what caused the fire.
The Dayton Fire Department said the incident only underscores the need for residents to have working smoke detectors in their homes and maintain at least two ways out of every room to facilitate escape in the event of a fire.