11-year-old girl critically hurt in Cleveland apartment fire

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 3:47 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 9:12 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - An 11-year-old girl was critically injured in an early Thursday morning apartment fire on the city’s West side.


Cleveland firefighters said the fire began on the first floor of an apartment complex at Lorain Avenue and W. 95th Street around 12:30 a.m.

EMS rushed the child to MetroHealth Medical Center where she is being treated for burns and smoke inhalation, said firefighters.

Firefighters said flames were contained within 15 minutes of them being at the scene.

Pete DeCrene is the security officer at the building across from the charred apartment.

“Gotta say prayers for them you know gotta say prayers for them & god will take care of them,” DeCrene said.

He was one of the people who called 911.

“I’ve been here close to two years here, so it’s scary to see a fire here, so you know you are afraid of it’s spread and everything else,” Decrene added.

The Red Cross was at the complex providing assistance to residents.

Firefighters said the cause remains under investigation.

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