Crews knock down walls at soap factory

Fire at the old Hewitt Soap Factory at Linden Ave. & S. Torrence St. (Photo: Zev Orenstein)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Construction crews knocked down walls at the old soap factory on Linden Avenue Friday after several fire crews were called when the building caught fire Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to a call after 6 a.m. on Friday after flames and smoke were seen shooting from the building near the intersection of Linden Avenue and South Torrence Street.

Once the first crews arrived on the scene, they called for more assistance for the two-alarm fire.

Soap production at the factory stopped in 2005.

This is the second time a part of the factory has caught fire. Part of the building was in the final stages of demolition after it was destroyed by a fire in December 2016.

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“The building that burned down several months ago has been demolished,” Dayton Fire Director Chief Jeff Payne said. “The building that that caught fire today was another building within the same complex.”

City leaders approved $700,000 in June 2017 to have the factory and two other vacant properties nearby torn down. The fire chief said he will likely order an emergency demolition of the remaining part of the building.

Crews are worked to contain the flames for several hours. The cause of the fire is unclear.

Much of the area is still closed to traffic while crews.

2 NEWS has a crew on scene and we’ll provide updates as the story develops.

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