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Barberton man dies from apparent self-inflicted burns


Gazette Staff Writer

BARBERTON  A 60-year-old Washington Avenue man is dead after apparently setting himself on fire July 25.

The Barberton Fire Department got the call at 6:40 that night that a person was on fire in front of a Fifth Street SE building.

Firefighters arrived and found Roland Cookro suffering from multiple burns.

People on scene had put out the blaze with fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived.

He was taken to the burn unit at Akron Children’s Hospital, where he died at 11:35 p.m.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office is still gathering details of what exactly happened but said the burns appear self-inflicted.

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