Fire damages, displaces downtown Dayton businesses

Dec 31, 2017
KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF

A half dozen downtown Dayton businesses damaged by a fire might not be able to return home for a while.

A Friday morning fire started in Salar Restaurant and Lounge and spread to neighboring businesses.

The smoke and fire damage has left several buildings near the corner of Fifth and Brown streets closed for the foreseable future.

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Spice Paradise, Addison Home Health Services, Canary Consulting, The Scenery and Hicks Barber Shop were all among those affected by the fire.

Ulrike Massey, owner of Spice Paradise, said Sunday all of their products would need thrown out from the smoke damage and lack of electricity to preserve cold items.

She is still waiting to learn when she and her husband, who also works at the business, can go back in and clean up.

Massey said they have to reorder all supplies but plan on reopening and are appreciative of all the support and messages received since the fire damaged Spice Paradise and its neighbors.

“We’re all small businesses as well. And that’s what makes the Oregon District tick,” she said.

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James Hicks, owner of Hicks Barber Shop, said his business is closed until further notice.

Hicks is not taking any new appointments at this time, but said he’s had an offer to use a chair at another barber shop and if he does relocate or have updates, he will keep customers updated at HicksBarberShop.com or Instagram.com/hicksbarbershopohio.

The Scenery, a digital product agency, said on Facebook that it had been displaced from its second floor office by the fire.

Addison Home Health Services stated on Facebook that its employees and caregivers are safe and its care to its customers isn’t interrupted by the fire.

“We look forward to returning to our office after clean up is completed,” the company stated.

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