13 Escape Massive Cleveland House Fire
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Multiple fire crews were on the scene of a massive house fire on the city’s east side, where more than a dozen people managed to escape early Tuesday morning.
Fire officials say the blaze broke out in the attic of a multi-family home on Hosmer Avenue, just after 5 a.m.
SkyFOX captured pictures of heavy smoke and flames shooting from the roof. (Scroll down for the incredible raw video.)
According to Cleveland fire, at least 13 people — seven adults and six children — got out of the house safely.
A tenant told Fox 8 News reporter Stacey Frey that she woke up and knew there was a problem.
“Normally, the TV is on, and I didn’t hear it this morning. I thought it was a fuse and I went to see what’s wrong and I just so happened to smell smoke and I came outside,” Monique Williams said.
“I ran upstairs cause my grandkids are up there. I was like, ‘Everybody out, there’s a fire upstairs,’ and then we came downstairs to get the other people out. We banging on doors screaming, ‘It’s a fire, it’s a fire,’ ” Williams described.
Homeowner Edward Fischer told Stacey Frey that there were smoke detectors in the house, but that he didn’t know if his tenants had maintained the batteries.
Fischer also said that fire officials believe the blaze was sparked by an electrical problem.
None of the residents were hurt. But Cleveland fire spokesperson Larry Gray says two firefighters were injured in the fire and had to be treated.
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