UPDATE @6:40 a.m.:
Shafton Green said he owns the house. He had been repairing it to give to his son, but “it seems like someone set the house on fire and there’s no accountability. It’s just sad,” he said.
Crews were called to the scene just after 5 a.m., fire officials said, noting that the fire appears to be suspicious.
He learned about the fire when a neighbor called him, and he rushed to the scene to check it out.
“I’m glad no one was hurt,” Green said, adding that this is the third house in the area that has caught fire recently.
He said his house was vacant and there was no electric or anything else that could have sparked a fire. He also checked on the home every day to make sure there were not squatters, Green said.
The home was a total loss, however, the fire caused about $300,000 to the house next door.
There were no injuries.
A working fire is reported in the 1100 block of West First Street in Dayton.
Just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday a fire is reported at a vacant structure.
We have a photographer on the way and will update this news report.