CLEVELAND -- Two children died after an apartment was intentionally set on fire on Kipling Avenue late Thursday, according to authorities.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has identified the victims as Peaches Christburg, 2, and Glacia Ramsey, 7.
Their deaths are being investigated as homicides.
Cleveland police responded to the scene shortly after receiving the first 911 call at 10:05 p.m. After arriving on scene and finding the four-suite apartment building on fire, the Cleveland Fire Department was notified.
According to police, the two young girls were pulled out of the home within minutes. The children were taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital where they later died from their injuries.
Police say their investigation reveals the children were being babysat by their 55-year-old sitter when an unknown male in a hooded sweatshirt forced himself inside. The sitter told police she was forced inside a bathroom and remained inside until she smelled smoke and fled the building, and called police.
The Cleveland Division of Police Homicide and Cleveland Division of Fire Arson Units are investigating the fire.
The Cleveland police is asking anyone with information to contact the Homicide Unit at (216) 623-5494.
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