DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton vacant house fires caused by the homeless are on the decline according to the Dayton Fire Department.
Many vacant house fires are caused by homeless people looking for warmth during the winter months, and though fire marshal Andrew Steele said the numbers are down, the problem is far from over. He’s a fire marshal with the Dayton fire department
“There’s been better social services and accommodations . Home programs and emergency shelters for people in need,” said Steele.
2NEWS reached out to the Saint Vincent De Paul district council of Dayton. According to a spokesperson, St. Vincent De Paul operates the two larges homeless shelters in Montgomery County. The largest are the Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on Apple Street, and the Gettysburg Gateway for Men on Gettysburg Avenue.
Anyone needing help out of homelessness from St. Vincent De Paul must come though the gateway shelters.
Steele said more than anything communities should help with the upkeep of the landscaping on empty properties, so that vacant properties have the illusion that they are being attended to. Steele said the homeless people will be less likely to run there for cover.