Two teens charged with felony after weekend arson

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Two juveniles have been charged with aggravated arson for setting a fire that destroyed a vacant warehouse over the weekend.

Both 16 year-olds entered a denial plea on Sunday to the first-degree felony.

Their cases have now been referred to the assistant prosecuting attorney and will meet for preliminary conference on Friday July 13.

As for the building, crews were out on Tuesday still working to get the rest of the structure on Bainbridge St. demolished.

“There was some concern there may be some smoldering underneath, so that’s what the initial demolition was for yesterday (Monday), to make sure that was all taken care of,” said Shauna Hill, division manager for housing inspection in Dayton.

The only damage to nearby structures was a shared walkway between one other building.

“It is a city-owned building so we don’t have to go through the whole legal process of trying to find the owner and making sure that we preserve the rights and things like that,” said Hill.

The city of Dayton will now have to work the with Ohio EPA to do an asbestos survey.

If it does have asbestos, it must be disposed of in a special way, which Hill says would significantly mark up the demolition cost.

Because of that it’s still too early to tell the exact timeline of cleanup efforts.

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