June 29, 2016

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Brunswick woman dies in early morning fire

BRUNSWICK — An elderly woman died this morning when her city residence caught fire.

Delia Kuzda, 78, was not conscious when firefighters were able to reach her inside the home, according to assistant Brunswick Fire Chief Rick Barber. Kuzda was bound to a wheelchair and had use of an oxygen tank for breathing, he said.

Brunswick firefighters monitor a house fire this morning at 4699 Doral Drive. The fire resulted in the death of an elderly woman living at the residence. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Det. Brian Schmitt, of the Brunswick Police Department, said oxygen tanks were “exploding” as police and firefighters attempted to enter the home immediately upon arrival.

“Officers tried to gain entry but had to back out due to the intensity of the fire,” he said.

The blaze began about 4:45 a.m. today in a townhouse at 4699 Doral Drive, Brunswick Fire Chief Jim Baird said. The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation.

“We’ve got local and state firefighters on scene looking into all that,” Baird said.

An estimated loss of the home and its contents totaled about $250,000, the chief said.

Residents from neighboring townhouse units were evacuated this morning as a result of the fire, Baird said.

Brunswick firefighters were assisted at the scene by other firefighters from departments in Brunswick Hills Township, Medina Township, Hinckley, Valley City and Strongsville.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.