DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Three firefighters were hurt battling a blaze that claimed one house and damaged two others Thursday morning.
Bryan Adams of the Dayton Fire Department said Thursday morning two firefighters were taken to an area hospital with burn injuries and a third firefighter suffered a medical issue but three incidents were minor.
When firefighters arrived in the 100 block of Church Street around 8:00AM a house was fully engulfed in flames. That fire quickly spread to a pair of surrounding homes.
Nicki Newberry lives nearby and said she ran outside when she saw the first responders.
“‘What am I supposed to do?’ I’m praying,” Newberry said. “I don’t want it to catch my house on fire. They told me I had to vacate if they couldn’t get that fire under control.”
Adams said investigators believe the first home was vacant but he did know whether the surrounding home were occupied or not.
Newberry said she’s seen squatters and scavengers passing through the vacant home all summer.
She said, “There’s a lot of people over there, but they mainly go over there just to get metal out of the house or something they can use to scrap.”
Fire investigators are still trying to determine what started the blaze. The first home is a total loss and the other two are being evaluated.
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