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DFD: Food For Less considered total loss; almost all walls at least partially collapsed

Food For Less Fire on East Third Street (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Dayton Fire Department Department Director and Chief Jeff Payne said the Food For Less on East Third Street is a total loss about a massive fire broke out there Thursday night.

When crews arrived on scene between 8:30 and 9 p.m., he said that it appeared a front wall had somewhat blown out and that there was debris in the street. Some walls also reportedly collapsed while the fire ravaged the building, but by 10:30 p.m., the flames were not contained enough for crews to be able to get inside and see the damage.

Employees had locked up and left the store about half an hour before the fire caught, according to Payne, and people have been moved away from the buildings. He said injuries should not be an issue.

There was a bit of a problem for crews getting the water to the scene, but they called the city water department and had them bump up the pressure, which put them back on track.

Freon gas cylinders were also inside the building that were more than likely used for AC or refrigeration units, which crews said they were venting. At this time, they have no idea why the wall was blown out. A fire investigator is on scene, but Payne said there was no reason to think there was anything suspicious.

Between 35 and 40 personnel responded to the scene, between firefighters, on duty chiefs and command staff members.

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DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Heavy flames were showing from the Food For Less on East Third Street when crews arrived Thursday night.

The department responded after a person called in and reported seeing flames around 8:30 p.m. It's unclear if anyone was injured in the fire.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.

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