April 21, 2003 at 5:44 PM EST - Updated June 20 at 12:41 PM
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A man died in a house fire when he went back inside to try to save his two dogs.
Gerald R. Lehman, 44, escaped Monday's pre-dawn fire with his wife, son and a family friend, but he became trapped after returning for the animals, fire officials said.
Firefighters found Lehman next to the Siberian huskies in a second-floor hallway. A pet raccoon and a cat also died.
An unattended candle in the living room started the blaze, a fire report said.
Elsewhere, a Stark County fire killed Robert R. Bruce, 85, of Canton Township. He died in the burn unit of Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron of injuries suffered in a mobile home fire Sunday.
Bruce was pronounced dead at 10:40 a.m. Monday. An autopsy was arranged for Tuesday, according to the Summit County medical examiner.
Investigators were trying to determine the cause.
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