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10-year-old boy with burns taken to hospital after house fire on west side

Posted at 8:46 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 08:47:44-04

Cleveland fire responded to a two-story house fire on the city's west side Thursday night that sent a 10-year-old boy with burns to the hospital.

The house fire started on the 1130 block of Buhrer Avenue, just south of Clark Avenue. It took crews 11 minutes to put out the flames.

The boy suffered first and second degree burns on his head, neck and torso, which were approximately 16 percent of his body, according to Mike Norman of the Cleveland Fire Department.

The child was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he is reported to be in stable condition.

Two small fires started on the second floor, with one involving a mattress. While the fire is still under investigation, it is believed that the child was upstairs playing with rubbing alcohol and a lighter when the fires occurred.

Crews also found no working smoke alarms in the house. The Red Cross was called to help two adults and four children displaced by the fire.