Dayton Fire Department investigates recurring vacant house fire

A vacant house on Sherman Street caught fire for the third time in the past four months on Sunday, leaving neighbors frustrated and firefighters who respond to the scene in greater danger.

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Fire officials report it is not uncommon for vacant houses to catch fire when people try to keep warm inside, but that this is not the case on Sherman Street.

The Dayton Fire Department is heightening their investigation to learn why this house has repeatedly caught fire.

Scott Jacobs, public information officer for the Dayton Fire Department, said they are actively working in the area, talking to people and working to learn what may have contributed to the fire.

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Firefighters must have a heightened sense of awareness when they come back to houses that have sustained repeated fire damage.

"If a vacant structure's already had a fire and has weakened structural members, that structure may be a little bit more prone to collapse, which could injure both the people staying inside of it or our firefighters going to make their checks," Jacobs told News Center 7's James Rider.

The Dayton Fire Department asks anyone with information to contact them as they continue in this investigation.

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