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Fire Burns at Industrial Building in Downtown Dayton
DAYTON -- An out-of-control industrial fire in downtown Dayton started burning around 5 p.m. Wednesday near Harshman and Second Streets. But probably the most unusual part of the fire was all the drones flying above the flames.
Flames and thick black smoke shooting into the sky could be seen for miles from the Harris Thomas Drop Forge Company. The vacant building had just been inspected by firefighters.
"We knew beforehand that there were a lot of pits in the floors and chopped up areas within the building, therefore we did not allow our crews to go very far inside," said Dayton District Fire Chief Vincent Wiley.
The fire was so big it took several engines and multiple departments to keep it under control. One firefighter suffered a minor sprain, but he'll be fine. Several spectators came out to watch, and they came with something you don't see everyday, drones that quickly went airborne to catch all the action.
"When I saw the smoke, I thought it would be a good idea to get some good aerial footage. It's a hobby of mine that I do on the side," said drone operator Bob Ellis.
"It's just another case of advances in technology being used for intentions that they were never intended for but in a case like this, if you can get an aerial view of a burning building, it's very helpful," said Chief Wiley.
Firefighters consider this fire suspicious and they plan to look at the drone footage to see if the video can lend any clues to how the fire started.
"I like to do my part and help out any way I can. Anything we can do to help the police and fire department. We're all about that," said Ellis.
Because the building was vacant and the utilities were turned off, firefighters are investigating this as arson.
DAYTON -- Firefighters are on the scene of a large fire at an industrial building downtown.
Fire broke out at the building at Harshman and 2nd Streets just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters are now employing a defensive approach. According to scanner traffic, arson investigators have been called in.
We have a crew at the scene now and will bring you more updates as they become available.
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