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SHERIDAN — Sheridan County emergency responders were called to a structure fire in Dayton on Tuesday afternoon. Later that night, the blaze reignited and firefighters returned to the scene to again battle the blaze.
Sheridan Fire-Rescue responded to the initial call that the building was fully engulfed in flames at 2:24 p.m. Several other agencies — the Dayton, Ranchester and Goose Valley volunteer fire departments — joined the effort to knock down the extensive fire with logistical support from the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office.
Dayton Fire chief Charlie Linhart said the structure was a total loss after the blaze was extinguished. He also indicated that no one was home at the time the fire started.
“We had the house all mopped up the first time and went through with a thermal imager, but we must have missed something because it ignited again,” Linhart said.
Firefighters were called to the same address, 715 Cemetery Road, at approximately 9:30 p.m. after a patron reported the fire had reignited. Emergency crews successfully neutralized the fire a second time.
Linhart said state officials were on the scene this morning conducting an investigation and an official determination for the cause of the fire will be released in the coming weeks. He said initial evaluation of the aftermath of the fire makes it appear as though the fire began in a furnace room within the home.