Fire caused by cigarette leaves family homeless

Dayton crews were dispatched to 956 Burleigh Ave. at about 11:15 p.m. on a report of a structure fire.

Smoke filled the neighborhood and we're told that flames were still showing from the rear of the house near midnight.

According to Dayton District Fire Chief James Rose, the homeowner said that her uncle like to smoke outside and did not extinguish his cigarette properly.

When firefighters arrived, a large section of the floor was caved in, making it difficult to make entry into the home. The fire spread quickly into walls, moving to the attic space. "Almost got away from us but we were able to save the roof from burning," said Rose.

The home is a total loss. The family living in the home, two to three children and two adults, will stay with family.

Rose said that the extreme temperatures caused them to slow down because equipment becomes hard to move and use.

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