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64-year-old man dies after firefighters pull him from Barberton house fire

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Posted at 8:24 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 18:27:12-04

BARBERTON, Ohio — A 64-year-old man died at the hospital after he was rescued from the second floor of a burning home in Barberton on Friday morning, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner.

The man has been identified as John Davis, authorities said.

Around 3:30 a.m., the Barberton Fire Department responded to the corner of West Lake Avenue and First Street NW.

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At least two people rescued from house fire in Barberton.

Firefighters discovered a fully involved fire at a two-story boarding house where multiple residents were outside.

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At least two people rescued from house fire in Barberton.

An unidentified resident was rescued from the porch roof of the home.

Firefighters then realized Davis was trapped in a second floor room in the back of the home.

Kevin Wright, who also lives in the boarding house, witnessed firefighters as they raced into action.

"They put the ladder up there. He was hanging out the window yelling for help. Then, the firemen came and they put the ladder up there and drug him out of there," Wright said.

Davis was taken to Summa Barberton Hospital where he died.

One Barberton firefighter was injured and taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The State Fire Marshal's Office is assisting with the investigation.

The American Red Cross is helping five displaced residents by providing money for temporary housing and food.

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