City of Cleveland Releases Details on East 49th Street and Searsdale Avenue House Fires

Monday, July 17, 2017

New PSA also reminds residents of the importance of smoke detectors

CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland is releasing the following details on two recent house fires: 

3423 E. 49th Street
The Division of Fire continues to investigate the cause and origin of last night’s fatal fire.  A 30 year old male was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center by EMS in critical condition where he was pronounced dead upon arrival from injuries sustained from the fire.  A second victim, a 55 year old female was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition by EMS and was pronounced dead earlier this afternoon. 

2311 Searsdale Avenue 
The Division of Fire continues to investigate the cause and origin of this morning’s fatal fire.  There were three victims who sustained injuries as a result. An 8 year old male was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center by EMS in critical condition where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.  A 30 year old female was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition and is currently confined for observation.  The third victim is a 9 year old male who was also transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in stable condition where he is confined for observation.

Investigators have determined that there were no working smoke detectors in the home.  The official cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Public Service Announcement
The City of Cleveland is also releasing a public service announcement from the Cleveland Division of Fire speaking directly to citizens. The new PSA implores the public to utilize smoke detectors and encourage family and friends to do the same. This is a critical, timely reminder for the community.  The City strongly encourages the community to install and maintain smoke detectors, practice fire escape plans, eliminate fire hazards and maintain fire safety practices within the home. Media are encouraged to share the PSA starting today and over the next few weeks. It also is available on TV20’s YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/2ut1kmt    

Contact the Division of Fire for additional safety tips at the Fire Public Education Unit (216.664.6386) or Fire Headquarters (216.664.6800).

About the City of Cleveland 

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