Crews rescue 3 dogs from Riverside house fire

Three dogs, including one hiding upstairs, were rescued tonight from a Riverside house fire that has displaced a family of six.

The residents, three adults and three children, left to get food and returned to find their home in the 600 block of Haldeman Avenue engulfed, Battalion Chief Shon Smith of the Riverside Fire Department said.

Photo: JIM NOELKER / STAFF

The fire was reported sometime after 6:30 p.m., Smith said. Riverside, Dayton and Huber Heights fire crews responded to the blaze, and firefighters reported there were no working smoke detectors. 

The fire appears to have started in the rear, but it’s uncertain whether it was inside or outside. An investigator from Dayton was called to the scene.

“It doesn’t seem suspicious at this time,” Smith said.

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Damage estimates are between $40,000 and $50,000, and the American Red Cross has been called to assist the family.

FIRST REPORT

Heavy smoke and flames were reported showing tonight from a Riverside house.

A fire was reported sometime around 6:40 p.m. in the 600 block of Haldeman Avenue.

We are on the way and will update this story.

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