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Firefighters battle 3 Toledo fires in one morning

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Fire crews battled a vacant house fire in east Toledo at Jay Street and Chesbrough Street around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Fire crews battled a vacant house fire in east Toledo at Jay Street and Chesbrough Street around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
A massive fire began shortly after at an apartment building on Woodville Road near Prentice. A massive fire began shortly after at an apartment building on Woodville Road near Prentice.
A third fire has been extinguished on Utica near Cherry in north Toledo. A third fire has been extinguished on Utica near Cherry in north Toledo.

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Fire crews battled a vacant house fire in east Toledo at Jay Street and Chesbrough Street around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A massive fire began shortly after at an apartment building on Woodville Road near Prentice in east Toledo. The intersection of Woodville and Navarre is closed. It's a vacant building, and firefighters are letting the structure burn to be demolished.

A third fire has been extinguished on Utica near Cherry in north Toledo. It's a vacant house.

All three fires are being investigated as suspicious.

Fire Chief Santiago spoke from the scene of the north Toledo fire. He says activity at the scene looks like the arsonist(s) were actually trying to hurt firefighters. On Utica, they found holes in the floor in front of the doors that may have been put there on purpose.

He says they're trying to get a handle on these fires and citizens are in the best position to help. He asks anyone to report suspicious activity in or around vacant structures. He says any activity near a vacant structure is suspicious and should be reported to police.

Additionally, neighbors who live near a vacant house that has become a nuisance can call the city's information line at 419-932-2020 to request that it be demolished. Requests are recorded and prioritized based on the number of complaints.

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