Brecksville: Elderly man dies in house fire

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BRECKSVILLE -- An elderly man is dead after a fire at his Brecksville home.

According to the city, police and fire units were called just after 9 p.m. to Sprague Road to investigate a report of a loud boom or explosion. While en route, they received a call about a fire at a home on East Sprague Road.

When they arrived at the residence the house was engulfed in flames. An elderly woman who lived at the home had managed to make it outside. The location of her husband was not known.

Firefighters located the husband, Ben Pfister, 87, inside the burning home. He was treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner says Pfister died of smoke inhalation.

The fire and its origin are under investigation. Investigators say the fire was contained to the Pfister home and did not damage adjacent properties.

Independence, Richfield, Seven Hills, Valley View and Broadview Heights provided manpower and equipment to help battle the fire.


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