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Photos: Three Homes Burn in Dayton

Fire destroyed one home and badly damaged two others on Ervin Terrace in Dayton on Thursday afternoon.

Adding to the difficulty of battling the flames was the extreme cold which caused water from the fire trucks to freeze almost as soon as it hit the ground, creating a slippery, icy situation on the block between Ninth and Tenth Avenues which is part of a large hill. Dayton Public Works was called in to distribute salt on the road.

Smoke began to billow from 921 Ervin Terrace just before 4 p.m. Ultimately, the house would become fully engulfed and destroyed. The owner was not home at the time.

Flames began to spread to neighboring homes, 919 and 923 Ervin. Sarah McGlothin wasn't home at the time but her fiance and 11-year old daughter were and they were seated at the kitchen table working on homework when they heard loud cracking noises.

"As soon as they opened the front door, they saw someone yelling to get out," McGlothin told The River City News.

The fire was so large that fire departments on the scene included Bellevue-Dayton, Newport, Ft. Thomas, Southgate, and Wilder.

Investigators were not sure Thursday afternoon how the fire started. No one was injured.

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Michael Monks, editor & publisher

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