You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Ohio

Advertisement

Apartment fire kills 2 children, police say

CLEVELAND – Two little girls were killed in an apartment fire that their baby sitter said was set by a man in a hooded sweatshirt who had forced his way in, police said Friday.

A Cleveland fire official confirmed the deaths of the two girls, ages 2 and 7, in the Thursday night blaze on the city’s east side.

Officers responding to a call of trouble at the four-unit building at about 10 p.m. found it on fire, police said. The girls were asleep in their beds in a second-floor bedroom. They were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The county medical examiner’s office identified them as 7-year-old Glacia Ramsey and 2-year-old Peaches Christburg. The office still is investigating the specifics of the deaths.

The woman who was baby-sitting said an unknown man in a hooded sweatshirt came in and forced her into a bathroom before setting the fire. She stayed in the bathroom until she smelled smoke and realized the building was on fire. She then fled to a house across the street.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim O’Toole told the Northeast Ohio Media Group that details were sketchy late Thursday. He said the fire likely started on the first floor. Investigators hope to know the cause Friday.

The other three units in the building were unoccupied. A firefighter injured his shoulder inside the home and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The blaze happened on the same day a house fire killed four people in the Dayton suburb of Kettering.

Advertisement