Explosion reported before fatal house fire

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Neighbors reported hearing an explosion before a house fire that killed an 87-year-old man in northeast Ohio.

Brecksville authorities said firefighters responded Thursday night to calls about a loud boom or explosion and arrived to find a house in the Cleveland suburb engulfed in flames. Authorities say firefighters pulled Ben Pfister from the burning home. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

An official with the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office says Pfister died of smoke inhalation.

Fire and city officials say Pfister's wife was in the home but made it out before firefighters arrived. They said she did not appear to be injured in the fire.

Authorities say no adjacent properties were damaged.

A Brecksville fire lieutenant says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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