Duplex burns twice in two hours in Cleveland

Posted at 5:22 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 05:22:23-05

Cleveland firefighters battled two fires an hour apart at a duplex on East 142nd Street late Tuesday. 

The Cleveland Fire Department responded to the downstairs unit of the duplex in the 3600 block of East 142nd Street around 10 p.m. for a small fire. They were quick to put that fire out and the leave the scene around 11 p.m. only to be called back just 45 minutes later to smoke pouring from the upstairs unit.

Eventually the fire broke through the roof and collapsed about half the roof causing significant damage to the building.

Fire officials told that the two fires were in separate locations of the duplex and were not believed to be related.

No one was home in either unit when the second fire started.

The assistant fire chief said they are looking closely at the cause to determine if it was suspicious. Fire investigators were called to the scene.

The residents were being assisted by the fire department to find somewhere to stay.

No injuries were reported in either fire.