73-year-old man dies in Aurora house fire

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published:

Aurora -- An Aurora man died March 6 in a house fire on Route 306.

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 Fire Chief David Barnes.

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.

Barnes said there was "significant" damage to the home, which he said is not liveable. He estimated the amount of damage at $90,000.

Firefighters were called at 6:09 p.m. to the house at 607 Route 306 that was filled with fire and heavy smoke when they arrived. The home is in the northern part of the city.

There was a report of a person trapped in the house, according to Barnes, who said fire crews searched the house and found Mr. Dilworth's body in a rear bedroom that was totally engulfed in flames.

In addition to Aurora, firefighters from Bainbridge, Mantua, Reminderville, Solon and Twinsburg were summoned. It took about one hour to put out the blaze, according to Barnes.

For the safety of the firefighters, Barnes said Route 306 was closed between Barrington Boulevard and Treat Road March 6 for about five hours and was closed again March 7 from about 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. because smoldering debris in the roof reignited the fire, which Aurora firefighters extinguished.

The incident was the second fire-related death in the city in a little over one year.

On Feb. 9, 2012, 59-year-old Patricia Beno died Feb. 9 after being severely injured in a fire the day before at her Parker Road home. She suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

The cause of that blaze was determined to be accidental and the result of "careless use of smoking materials," according to a spokesman for the Ohio fire marshal's office.

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