There are no hydrants in the area, so crews had a bit of a problem, she said. They had to shuttle water to the home, which was at the end of a long driveway.
Chief Clark said crews arrived to find heavy smoke and some floors already burned through. They couldn't get inside, so they fought the flames from outside.
"Even with water, we might not have been able to get it out," she said. "It's a total loss."
Chief Clark said she couldn't yet estimate a dollar loss for the structure and contents.
A couple escaped injury tonight when their house on Infirmary Road, where they have lived for more than 40 years, was destroyed by fire.
The husband said he heard something "pop" in the basement and saw flames.
The house sits back from the road and Dayton fire crews had to bring in water and stretch their hoses to reach the flames.
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The husband said the house was built in 1976.
Now it's a total loss -- there’s nothing left of the house on their 12-acre property but the chimney. A car that was in the garage has been destroyed as well.
The husband said they have insurance and will be bunking with relatives.
Dayton crews were dispatched just after 7 p.m. on a report of a structure fire in the 2200 block of Infirmary Road.
At 8:30 p.m., Infirmary Road continued to be blocked to traffic between Germantown Pike and Derby Road.
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