Dayton apartment fire displaces families; sends child, man to the hospital

Dayton Fire Department at the scene of an apartment fire in the 1900 block of James H. McGee Boulevard Saturday. (WDTNPhoto/Jordan Bowen)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An apartment fire displaced at least a dozen families Saturday. It happened at the Western Manor Apartments in the 1900 block of James H. McGee Boulevard.

At least one child was sent to Dayton Children’s Hospital with minor injuries. Another man was sent to Miami Valley Hospital for smoke inhalation. Both are expected to be okay. Residents we spoke with are thankful no one was hurt.

“It’s really scary,” resident Elizabeth Johnston said. “I know the families are horrified.”

Charred brick and rubble is just some what’s left behind. The fire burned through 3 floors of an apartment building in the 1900 block of James H. McGee Boulevard.

“People were running out of the building,” Dayton Fire Department District Chief Fred Marx said. “We found heavy fire in one of the apartment units. They left the front door open when they left the apartment building and it spread into the hall area.”

District Chief Fred Marx estimates the damage at around $50,000. All 6 units in the building remained closed to residents Saturday night. The Red Cross is helping them find a safe place to stay. Neighbor Elizabeth Johnston is also helping.

“I just wanted to help anybody I could,” Johnston said. “And make sure that everybody is okay and give them as much comfort as I can and I’m offering my home to them.”

Johnston has several friends who live in the building. One of them she spoke with is still reeling from what happened.

“The lady who lives across from there she says she opened her door and saw flames and she got everybody she could out,” Johnston said. “They don’t know what they are going to do, but at least they are safe and I thank God for that.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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