Firefighters said an early morning fire on the first level of a Malvern Avenue apartment complex could have been a lot worse had it not been for a firewall inside the structure.
Fire crews were able to contain the flames to a single apartment, according to Dayton District Fire Chief Joe Meyer. When firefighters arrived around 2 a.m. to 2019 Malvern they found the occupying family was able to get out of the apartment without being injured.
The apartment was fully-engulfed when firefighters arrived, Meyer said. A firewall inside the apartment prevented flames from spreading to other units.
Upon initial investigation the apartment did not appear to have any working smoke detectors. Meyer said the fire is being considered suspicious and arson investigators were dispatched to the scene.
The victims of the fire are staying with family, according to the District Chief.
Damage to the apartment is estimated at $32,000, with $30,000 in damage to the building and $2,000 to the contents of the residence, according to Meyer.
A cause has yet to be determined.
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