Residents want burned soap factory demolished

(WDTN Photo/Dominic Wilson)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Residents who live by the Hewitt Soap Factory that caught fire are wondering what’s going to happen now.

The soap factory went up in flames, on Friday. Construction crews later knocked down the charred walls, after an emergency demolition order. But other parts of the building remain.

Billy Bender who works right across the street from the soap factory said the site is an eyesore and he wants to see it cleared completely, once and for all.
“It’s been sitting here for so long. It burned like eight months before they started to get it cleaned up and then it took a whole lot longer than what they thought it was originally going to take to clean up – and they’re still not finished cleaning it up,” Bender said. “So now, we’re right back at it, again.”
City leaders in June 2017 approved 700 thousand dollars to have the factory and two other vacant properties torn down.
Part of the building was in the final stages of demolition after it was destroyed by another fire in December 2016. 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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