An ID on the person killed yesterday in that Copley Fire -- and the case may have more twists and turns to go. The Medical Examiner's office says it was the body of 66-year old Edward Draher, who lived in the home at Earhart Avenue. Cause of death was NOT the fire but instead a gunshot wound to the head, but the actual manner of death is still to be determined.
Copley Fire crews responded to the blaze at 1554 Earhart Avenue at 11:24 Thursday morning. They found the homeowner, Draher, inside a first floor room. Draher was removed from the still-burning home but he was already dead. It took firefighters about another hour to bring the fire under control.
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries in the incident; all were treated and released from a local hospital.
Police report the fire was intentionally set, and Draher died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Police are unsure at this time whether the gunshot was by Draher's own hand or was the result of foul play.