CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland's arson unit is investigating after a fiery close call for cops late Wednesday afternoon.
Officers arrived to a home on Garfield Avenue around 5PM to check on the well being of a 60-year-old man.
Upon arrival on scene the officers found that the mail had built up in the mailbox and after further investigation the officers found out that the man - identified as John Fagalar - had not been seen for some time.
The officers knocked on the door and there was no response. The officers then located an open window and made entry into the home. As the uniformed officers entered the home they identified themselves as police officers and called out is there anyone home.
While in the home, cops could smell kerosene and heard ruffling and noises upstairs. As the officers approached the stairwell, Fagalar came onto the stairwell with a lit Malakoff cocktail - a bottle with a liquid flammable accelerant and a rag attached. Fagalar then threw the cocktail in the direction of the officers and fled back upstairs.
The officers moved out of the way as the cocktail hit the floor and caught the house on fire. The officers exited the home and notified CFD and EMS.
Fagalar remained in the home until he was brought out by CFD. He was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center by EMS, where he later died from his injuries.
The official cause of death will be determined by the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office.