Aggravated arson charges filed against Dayton man in complex fire

Aggravated arson charges filed against Dayton man in complex fire

Gerald M. Davis, 51, is also accused of attempting to tamper with the audio and visual devices inside fire alarm to disable the horns and strobes that alert people to a fire or smoke, said Bryan Adams, public information officer with Dayton Fire Department.

Gerald M. Davis, Montgomery County Jail
Photo: Staff Writer

Adams said Davis was not successful in disabling fire alarms, and residents were able to use fire extinguishers to put out small fires in the hallway and lobby at 475 W. Grand Ave. the evening of Monday, Feb. 26.

“We take these cases very seriously,” Adams said.

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Prosecutors in Dayton filed two first-degree felonies of aggravated arson against Davis on Wednesday. He remained in jail Wednesday with bond set at $25,000.

Adams said there are 28 units in the apartment complex. No one was displaced as a result of the fire.

No injuries were reported, and damages are estimated at $1,500, Adams said.

A 9-1-1 call from a resident there said the suspect was “standing in the lobby lighting the mail on fire.”

“We got a gentleman trying to burn our building down,” said a male resident to emergency dispatchers.

The investigation is ongoing.

Davis will appear again in Dayton Municipal Court March 8 for a preliminary hearing.