1 injured in fire on 14th floor of historic Biltmore Towers

A fire evacuated the historic Biltmore Towners senior apartment building at 210 N. Main St. in Dayton on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.  MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
A fire evacuated the historic Biltmore Towners senior apartment building at 210 N. Main St. in Dayton on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

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One person was injured in a fire that broke out Monday afternoon in a unit on the 14th floor of the historic Biltmore Towers senior apartment building.

The sprinkler system in the building at 210 N. Main St. in Dayton helped contain the fire reported at 3:50 p.m. Monday, which shut down a portion of North Main Street.

One person was taken to a local hospital for possible smoke inhalation injuries and one floor sustained smoke damage.

Firefighters had to call in tanker trucks and set up large portable water tanks because water pressure was low from a massive water main break earlier in the afternoon at Keowee Street and Monument Avenue in Dayton.

Crews set up portable water tanks to help battle a fire at the historic Biltmore Towers senior apartment building at 210 N. Main St. in Dayton. The fire occurred as the city was experiencing water pressure issues due to a water main break Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
Crews set up portable water tanks to help battle a fire at the historic Biltmore Towers senior apartment building at 210 N. Main St. in Dayton. The fire occurred as the city was experiencing water pressure issues due to a water main break Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

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The Biltmore Towers was evacuated, but some residents sheltered in place. The building is for seniors and the elevators could not be used during the fire.

Biltmore Towers, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former Dayton Biltmore hotel, where Boeing engineers during a weekend in October 1948 drafted a redesign of what became the B-52 Stratofortress after consulting with officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

We are working to learn more about the cause of the fire.

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