2008-09-24 / Entertainment

Pa. Man Charged With Fire Chief's Heart Attack

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man must stand trial on charges he caused a fire chief's fatal heart attack by alerting the chief to a tavern fire the suspect allegedly set.

Forty-nine-year-old Rodger Matthews, of Elizabeth, is charged with criminal homicide, arson and other crimes for the September 2007 blaze and the death of Elizabeth Fire Chief Leonard Bailey Jr.

Police say Matthews knocked on the chief's door and the 56-year-old Bailey was stricken as he ran to the fire.

Police charged Matthews earlier this month, saying he confessed to setting the fire in hopes it would destroy his fingerprints from a burglary he committed there.

Matthews remains jailed and online court records do not list an attorney for him.

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