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Electrical fire destroys Dayton house

January 8, 2014
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Account set up at local bank to help displaced couple 

By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

An account has been set up at the Preston branch of Wells Fargo Bank to help a Dayton-area couple whose house burned down on Dec. 29. An early morning fire that day completely destroyed the dwelling owned by Steve Kent.

There were no injuries.

Kim Miller and Rob Walsh remove plywood from the Steve Kent home after it was destroyed by fire on Dec. 29. The two ARS emplyees were sent to find and recover items for the Kent Family.

Kim Miller and Rob Walsh remove plywood from the Steve Kent home after it was destroyed by fire on Dec. 29. The two ARS emplyees were sent to find and recover items for the Kent Family.

“Anyone wishing to make donations to help Steve and Kim Kent can do so at the bank,” said LDS Bishop Wes Beutler.

Franklin County Fire Marshal Scott Martin said the cause of the fire was an unspecified electrical short circuit in the attic. The fire call came in at 12:30 a.m. and the house was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived on scene, according to Martin.

The house was located at 364 S. Westside Highway 36.

“I’m estimating damage between $150,000-200,000. The house was completely destroyed. We had 14 firefighters respond with six trucks. Firefighters were on scene for approximately six hours,” said Martin.

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