Remaining debris from vacant house fires affecting property values in Dayton – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
DAYTON – The Dayton Fire Department released topical data showing it fought more vacant structure fires in 2021; than the previous year.
After many fires, the debris left behind by the burned structures is not cleaned up.
Three months ago a fire broke out on Findlay Street in Dayton. The fire destroyed the building and left burned beams and siding strewn across the property.
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The remains of the fires still need to be cleaned up.
This debris is a problem for neighborhood residents because it lowers property value, can attract pests, trigger an illegal dumping problem, and is an overall eyesore.
Fires don’t just affect the home where they started. If the houses are close enough together, the fire can spread, just as it did on Findlay Street.
A house next to the abandoned building was occupied when the fire occurred, forcing the family to evacuate.
With those vacant home fires a problem, the city of Dayton is expected to spend nearly $16 million through federal bailout funds to demolish properties.
The plan is to demolish and remove any property that is deteriorating and simply not salvageable, including vacant homes that have been burned down across the city.
In 2021, the Dayton Fire Department responded to 82 vacant structure fires. This is an increase of almost 20% over the previous year.
Many of these fires were accidental, but more than half of them were caused by arsonists.
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This is why the fire department advises calling 911 if it appears that people are breaking into vacant property.
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