8-year-old boy dies in Cleveland house fire
CLEVELAND (WOIO) - An 8-year-old boy died and a Cleveland firefighter was injured in a fire that broke out just after midnight Wednesday in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.
Family members identified the victim as Jay’Den Bradley.
Firefighters rushed to the home near East 68th Street and Harvard Ave. to battle the flames.
According to the Cleveland Fire Department, a family of six was in the home at the time.
Two adults and three children were able to make it out alive by the time crews arrived; however, firefighters found the 8-year-old boy on the second floor.
Cleveland Fire said the boy had a twin sibling.
“We deal with tragedy, unfortunately, frequently,” Cleveland Fire Lieutenant and PIO Mike Norman said. “A lot of the firefighters have families of their own. It’s definitely challenging but we just revert to our training and hope for the best outcome.”
A firefighter suffered burns to his hands while he searched for the child in the burning home.
The firefighter, whose name has not been released, was treated and released from MetroHealth Medical Center.
Neighbors were jarred awake to a chaotic scene after the family escaped and realized Jay’Den did not make it out of the house.
“I come outside and the house was already engulfed and the kid was upstairs where nobody could get a hold of him, the flames were just barreling out of there and everybody is running up and down the street screaming,” said Roy Lopez, who lives in the house next door, “We felt so sorry, none of us could do anything.”
Bob Groves lives at the top of the street, he came outside to see if there was anything he could do to help. There was not.
“Makes you wish you were Superman or something, so you could just go up and take care of everything right away so there wouldn’t be any tragedy,” he said.
Smoke alarms alerted the family to the fire, but by the time the family rushed to get to safety, “the fire had a pretty good head start and the back of the house has been pretty well damaged by the fire,” Lt. Norman said.
Investigators said the cause of the fatal fire has been determined as unintentional.
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