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9-year-old twins die after large house fire in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood

6 others hospitalized
Cleveland W 54th Street fire
Posted at 9:14 AM, Dec 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-12 20:17:18-05

CLEVELAND — A large house fire that broke out in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood overnight left 9-year-old twins dead, according to Cleveland's Division of Fire.

Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Cleveland Fire received the call for a fire in the 1400 block of West 54th Street. The building was a large house with multiple units inside.

"It appeared that fire moved quickly through the second floor and extending up to the attic," Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo said.

Once on scene, first responders transported five adults and three children to MetroHealth Medical Center. Two of the children, 9-year-old twins, later died.

"If you don’t have a smoke alarm, please reach out to us," Calvillo added. "Our 25 stations throughout the city, we have smoke alarms. We can set them up. If you need batteries, we have those too."

Fire investigators are working to learn the cause of the blaze, but at this time they do not believe the cause to be arson and believe it may have been an electrical issue.

The fire remains under investigation.

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