House fire claims Marietta man, 58
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Cobb fire investigators reconstruct the scene at a fatal early morning fire at 1189 Wynbrook Road SW in a subdivision off Callaway Road in Marietta. A 58-year-old man died in the blaze that was reported around 2:37 a.m. Wednesday. Staff/Jeff Stanton
Cobb fire investigators reconstruct the scene at a fatal early morning fire at 1189 Wynbrook Road SW in a subdivision off Callaway Road in Marietta. A 58-year-old man died in the blaze that was reported around 2:37 a.m. Wednesday. Staff/Jeff Stanton
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MARIETTA — A 58-year-old man died in a house fire Wednesday morning after his wife tried frantically to wake him up shortly before 2:30 a.m., as the blaze roared through their small wood-frame home near Jim Miller Park.

Arthur Goller, 58, died in the fire, Cobb Police confirmed Wednesday afternoon after the Cobb Medical Examiner had identified Goller’s remains.

The house on Wynbrook Road off Callaway Road in southwest Cobb appeared to be a total loss, gutted by a fire that broke out at about 2:27 a.m., according to Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services.

The home sits off Callaway Road adjacent to Jim Miller Park in the Callaway Acres subdivision, part of unincorporated Cobb County.

The home is owned by Goller and his wife, Paula, according to records on file with the Cobb Tax Assessor’s Office.

Cobb Fire responded to the scene within 7 minutes of getting the call, arriving to find the house fully engulfed, with flames shooting through the roof. They had the fire under control within 30 minutes, at 3:04 a.m., said Denell Boyd, spokeswoman for Cobb Fire.

Ten fire engines and emergency vehicles responded to the scene, all from the Cobb fire department.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Boyd said.

The house did not have working smoke detectors, she said.

Paula Goller told firefighters she tried to wake up her husband by punching and shaking him but he would not wake up.

The woman then ran out of the house to call for help from a neighbor’s home.

Arthur Goller’s body was badly burned, requiring the medical examiner to make a positive identification, Boyd said.

The incident marks the first fatal fire in Cobb County this year, according to Cobb Fire.

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