CLEVELAND - Two people have died and several others injured in two separate house fires in Cleveland.
Five people have died in house fires in the last week and a half.
One fire started a little after midnight Monday in the 3200 block of East 49th Street.
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Fire officials confirmed the 33-year-old man died upon arriving to MetroHealth Medical Center.
A woman was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition and was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.
The fire chief is urging people to check their smoke detectors to ensure they are functioning properly.
Two injured in a house fire on E49th near I-77. Both taken to Metro. Chief Calvillo asking everyone to check/install smoke detectors. pic.twitter.com/P6gnyb5leK— Mike Vielhaber (@MVielhaber) July 17, 2017
Two injured in a house fire on E49th near I-77. Both taken to Metro. Chief Calvillo asking everyone to check/install smoke detectors. pic.twitter.com/P6gnyb5leK
The cause of the East 49th Street fire is still under investigation.
The second fire started at a house on Searsdale Avenue.
Fire officials said a family was trapped on the second floor of a duplex. A 30-year-old mother and her 9-year-old son were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.
EMS confirmed an 8-year-old from the 3rd floor has died. CPR was performed on the child before being taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.
The family on the first floor got out safely.
Crews don't believe there were working smoke detectors in either of the houses.
Cleveland residents can call the Northeast Ohio Red Cross at 216-361-5535 for free smoke alarms.