68-year-old man dies in Garfield Heights fire

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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio-- The Garfield Heights Fire Department is investigating a house fire that claimed the life of a 68-year-old man.

It happened just before midnight on Garfield Boulevard near Turney Road.

Police officers tried to pull Gregory C. Matthei  from the second floor, but heavy smoke forced them from the house, the fire department said.

Firefighters removed Matthei and took him to Marymount Hospital, where he died.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Fatal fire