8-year-old girl jumped to safety, 2-year-old girl rescued after apartment building on Cleveland’s East Side caught fire

8-year-old girl jumped to safety, 2-year-old girl rescued after apartment building on Cleveland’s East Side caught fire
8-year-old girl jumped to safety, 1-year-old girl rescued from 3rd floor after apartment building on Cleveland’s East Side caught fire (Source: Cleveland Fire)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The lives of an 8-year-old and 1-year-old set of sisters were saved thanks to the quick thinking of a security officer and a firefighter in a “dramatic” rescue mission after an apartment broke out in flames, according to Cleveland Fire.

The blaze broke out on the second floor of an Arbor Park Village apartment building around 3 a.m. on Sunday, according to Cleveland Division of Fire Lt. Mike Norman.

Lt. Norman said a cooking incident caused the fire on the first floor of the two-story apartment unit with a mother and her three children inside, including an 8-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, and a 2-year-old girl.

The mother ran outside carrying the boy, according to Lt. Norman.

Lt. Norman said an Arbor Park Village security officer pulled up a car, stood on top of it, and broke the fall of the 8-year-old girl as she jumped out of the third-story window to safety.

When firefighters arrived on scene, Ladder 7 Cleveland Fire Captain Tom Lally went in to rescue a 2-year-old girl who was on the smoke-filled third floor, according to Lt. Norman.

Cleveland EMS took the three children to MetroHealth Hospital, according to Lt. Norman.

Lt. Norman said the 2-year-old girl remains in critical condition, but the 8-year-old girl and the boy are stable.

The Arbor Park Village security officer told 19 News that he does not consider himself to be a hero, but that “the Cleveland firefighters are the real heroes, as far as I’m concerned.”

According to Lt. Norman, the resident of the apartment unit on the first floor, directly below the unit that caught fire, is the only other displaced resident.

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8-year-old girl jumped to safety, 1-year-old girl rescued from 3rd floor after apartment building on Cleveland’s East Side caught fire (Source: Cleveland Fire)
8-year-old girl jumped to safety, 1-year-old girl rescued from 3rd floor after apartment building on Cleveland’s East Side caught fire (Source: Cleveland Fire) (Source: Cleveland Fire)
8-year-old girl jumped to safety, 1-year-old girl rescued from 3rd floor after apartment building on Cleveland’s East Side caught fire (Source: Cleveland Fire)
8-year-old girl jumped to safety, 1-year-old girl rescued from 3rd floor after apartment building on Cleveland’s East Side caught fire (Source: Cleveland Fire) (Source: Cleveland Fire)

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