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Two girls die in east side house fire

Two girls die in east side house fire

(Cleveland) – A fire late Thursday night took the lives of two little girls, and Cleveland police are looking for the man who may have started that fire.

Police say that shortly after 10:00 p.m. Thursday, they and fire crews were called out to 15417 Kipling Avenue in South Collinwood.

Two young girls were found unresponsive. They were taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.  The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office identified them as Peaches Christburg, 2 years old, and Glacia Ramsey, 7 years old.

The Cleveland Division of Police Homicide and Cleveland Division of Fire Arson Units were notified and are investigating.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the two victims were being babysat by a 55 year old female, said to be the aunt of the two girls. She says that while in the apartment an unknown male wearing a hooded sweatshirt forced entry into the apartment and forced the woman into the bathroom.

The woman stayed in the bathroom until she smelled smoke in the apartment. After smelling smoke the woman got out of the bathroom through a window and found the apartment building to be on fire. She fled from the apartment building and called police.

The official cause of death will be determined by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Cleveland Division of Police is asking that anyone with information in connection with this incident to contact the Homicide Unit at 216.623.5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216.252.7463 or Text messaging by texting TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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