Massive fire destroys Dayton grocery store

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– Firefighters are battling a large fire at a Dayton grocery store.

The call came in around 8:40 p.m. Thursday night at the Food for Less on East Third Street near Harbine Avenue. When crews arrived on scene, the storefront was blown out as if there may have been an explosion, and debris was scattered across the street, according to the fire chief.

We’re told the store was closed at the time of the fire. No one was inside the store, and no injuries have been reported, according to authorities.

More than 30 firefighters are on the scene. Initially, firefighters had to deal with water pressure issues as they were not getting enough water in the hoses. The water department was called in to help increase the water pressure, which helped get the fire under control, according to the fire chief.

The fire chief estimates the damage to be upwards of $250,000. The fire has been contained to the grocery store, so no other buildings have been damaged. According to officials, Food for Less is one of the only grocery stores in the area.

East Third Street is closed between Irwin Street and Harbine Avenue as crews fight the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire is not believed to be suspicious, but investigators say they are not ruling anything out.

2 NEWS has a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available. 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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