Food City Market on Germantown Street destroyed by fire

Firefighters battle a fire at the Food City Market on Germantown Street in Dayton.
Firefighters battle a fire at the Food City Market on Germantown Street in Dayton.

DAYTON (WDTN) — A grocery store in Dayton was destroyed by fire late on Tuesday night.

Firefighters responded to a fire call at the Food City Market in the 1800 Germantown Street around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

When crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the building.

Firefighters worked quickly to put out a fire in a dumpster behind the building.

District Chief Jim Rose says it took crews longer to enter the building due to the market’s security system.

Once inside, it took firefighters about 40 minutes to put out the flames. Rose says the fire got into the roof of the building and firefighters had to cut a hole in the ceiling to let out smoke and heat before extinguishing the fire.

Rose says the building is a total loss, as well as all of the inventory inside the store. The damage is estimated at $100,000.

The fire is also a blow to the surrounding community.

“It’s the only store in the area,” Rose said. “It will be a loss for them.”

“Hopefully, they can get back in and get back started.”

Firefighters spoke with the owner who said he was the last person to leave the market on Tuesday night. The owner said when he left he didn’t see any signs of a fire.

No one was injured in the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

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