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DFD working two fires in downtown area

Published: Mar. 28, 2022 at 4:52 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - UPDATE - Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams says one firefighter has been treated for heat exhaustion after a pair of fires in downtown Dothan Monday afternoon.

Both fires are being investigated as arson. “Anytime we have multiple fires like this, in a similar area, it makes us start to wonder what’s going on,” said Williams.

Lanes of North Oates from Main Street are back open at this time.

The fire on South Oates was more significant and will require the roadway to be closed for an indefinite period of time.

The first call came in just after 4 p.m. for South Oates Street. Flames and smoke were coming out of the building when firefighters arrived.

Just 13 minutes later, a second call, this time for the fire on North Oates Street. Williams says it took firefighters just 90 second to get from the first fire to the second.

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ORIGINAL - Dothan firefighters are working two separate fires of abandoned buildings just block apart downtown.

The first call to first responders was for an abandoned building in the 200 block of South Oates near Crawford Street. Flames were reportedly coming out of the windows of the building.

A second fire call came in almost at the same time for the old Town Terrace Inn at Oates and West Adams.

Both fires have been put out at this time. Each fire is being investigated as arson.

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