Possible arson spree worries Dayton officials

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A possible arson spree causing thousands of dollars in property damage has Dayton officials concerned.

Fire officials say more than two dozen fires have hit Dayton's west side this year, mostly in vacant structures, causing upward of $138,000 in damage.

The Dayton Daily News reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1r1Z0pI ) that 18 of 26 fires structures involved vacant buildings and all of those have been ruled arson.

Assistant Dayton fire chief Michael Caudill says 11 fires happened within the past month, raising concerns that the numbers might grow with warmer weather.

Caudill says fire-setters sometimes have the mistaken belief that burning a vacant house can somehow improve the neighborhood.

He says it's often more expensive to fix a home that has burned.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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