Investigators look for cause of Brecksville fatal fire

6:40 PM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
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BRECKSVILLE -- Fire investigators spent the day looking for the cause of a house explosion on East Sprague Road in Brecksville.

The force of Thursday night's blast was so strong that it blew the garage door off its track and then melted it.

The explosion also caused the roof to cave in and windows to shatter. Both Benny Pfister and his wife Alice were home at the time.

"There was a loud noise, she thought it was a tornado so she exited out the garage door," said George Leshan, a family friend.

Leshan and his wife are caring for Alice. They've attended Parma Baptist Church together for decades.

Leshan says when Alice escaped out of the garage, Benny tried to get out another door.

"He went for the front door but there were three locks," said Leshan. Benny didn't survive. In a matter of minutes, Alice lost her husband, her home and everything inside.

And now the congregation is rallying behind her through prayer, food and support.

"Just to see the church living out what we teach and what the bible says to do, to take care of each other. Seeing the church rally behind the family in such a beautiful way is inspiring," said Pastor Kraig Anderson.

The church is taking a special collection for Alice to help her start replacing all she lost. Investigators say it could take a few more days before they determine the cause of the explosion.


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