2 elderly sisters die in early morning Cleveland house fire

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CLEVELAND -- Two sisters, ages 85 and 90, have died in an early morning fire on Cleveland's east side.

Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray said the fire broke out around 2:20 a.m. inside a house on East 147th Street near Hampstead Ave.

There were four people in the home at the time. One of the sisters was on the first floor along with her 45-year-old grandson. The second sister was on the second floor with an unidentified 85-year-old male.

Gray said the 45-year-old was awakened by the screams of his aunt on the second floor of the home, and found flames and smoke on the first floor.

He tried to get his grandmother out of a rear bedroom and was unsuccessful. He then ran out of the home, and attempted to get into the back of the home by breaking out a window. He was unsuccessful in reaching his grandmother.

The 45-year-old sustained burns and cuts and was hospitalized and is currently in good condition.

The man on the second floor of the home was able to get out.

Firefighters got the flames under control in about 90 minutes. At one point, Gray said there was a loud sound similar to an explosion, and firefighters were pulled out of the fire due to "somewhat of a small fireball."

Crews were still on the scene early Wednesday morning trying to determine exactly how the fire started.

There was a fire detector on the second floor, said Gray, but none on the first.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

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