Man killed in overnight fire on East 79th Street in Cleveland

Posted at 8:22 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 12:49:59-04

A man is dead and a woman is being treated for injuries after a fire on Cleveland's east side early Tuesday.

The fire broke out in the two-story building at the intersection of East 79th Street and Linwood just after 1:30 a.m.

When cameras arrived, firefighters were treating a woman who witnesses said jumped from a second floor apartment. The woman was rushed to an awaiting ambulance alert and talking.

A few minutes after the woman was rushed to the ambulance, Cleveland firefighters carried an unconscious man from the burning building and began CPR in the grass while awaiting a responding ambulance. 

Cleveland Fire spokesperson Larry Gray said the man was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The woman was also taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment.

The father of the building's owner said both tenants had recently moved in. He said smoke detectors were installed two weeks ago but Gray said responding firefighters did not hear smoke alarms going off.

The fire tore through the second floor of the large triangular shaped building that appeared to have been vacant on the first floor.

Red Cross was called for two other residents who were displaced due to the fire.

No word on a cause of the fire.