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An Aurora man died Wednesday in a house fire on S.R. 306 in the northern part of the city.
The man, who was identified by the Portage County Coroner's Office as Eddie S. Dilworth III, 73, was dead when firefighters reached him, according to Aurora Fire Chief David Barnes.
Firefighters were called at 6:09 p.m. to the house at 607 S.R. 306. Barnes said the home was filled with fire and heavy smoke when they arrived.
There was a report of a person trapped in the house, according to Barnes, who said fire crews searched and found Dilworth's body in a room that was totally engulfed in fire. Barnes said there were no other people or pets in the one-story house.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal, the Portage County coroner and Aurora police and fire departments.
In addition to Aurora, firefighters from Bainbridge, Mantua-Shalersville, Reminderville, Solon and Twinsburg were summoned. It took about an hour to put out the blaze Barnes said.
S.R. 306 was closed between Barrington Boulevard and Treat Road for about five hours Wednesday and was closed again for about two hours Thursday morning because smoldering debris in the roof reignited the fire, which Aurora firefighters extinguished.
Barnes said there was "significant" damage to the home, which he said is not liveable, but the amount of damage was not known.
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As a resident of Aurora I am greatful for the extra assistance from the surrounding communities. Never know if a fellow brethren may need help! Just makes "CENTS!"
Perhaps, Fire Departments are not called from other cities or townships to only assist in fighting the fire, but as training exercises. On-the-job training is essential in the process for the development of a successful, and valuable fire department. I, for one, am in favor of this practice.
"In addition to Aurora, firefighters from Bainbridge, Mantua-Shalersville, Reminderville, Solon and Twinsburg were summoned. It took about an hour to put out the blaze" Barnes said...Question??..Why the need to involve 5 additional fire departments to respond to a single story house fire? Seems like overkill. If the Aurora Fire Department can't put a house fire out by themselves, something is wrong.