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Home fire claims rural Decatur man

A Decatur man died late Monday after firefighters pulled him from his burning house, according to the Decatur Fire Department.

Firefighters were sent to 6242 N. Piqua Road about 10:40 p.m., and they had to break into the single-story, ranch-style house to reach the victim, identified as Ralph Cornely.

Cornely, a middle-aged man who lived alone, was on a hallway floor when firefighters found him in the smoke-filled house.

He was taken to a hospital where he died, the fire department said.

Fire officials did not say what sort of injuries Cornely suffered, only that an autopsy will be conducted.

The blaze was ruled accidental; the state fire marshal’s office continues its investigation.

Firefighters found no one else in the house.

The flames, which left behind significant damage, were brought under control about 11:40 p.m.

Firefighters stayed at the scene until about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, ensuring the fire was fully extinguished.

On April 22, a fire heavily damaged a house about 150 yards from Cornely’s home. No one was hurt in that fire, which was also ruled accidental.

The fire department said the two blazes are not related.

aingersoll@jg.net

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