Crews battle overnight blaze in Cleveland

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, smoke and tall raging flames spewed from a house on the corner of W. 41st and Carlyle.

Alarico Huertas said, "When I saw that, it was scary.  The fire was really, really big."

"I was heading up W. 41st when I seen the blaze," Jose Luna, who sent us pictures, told us Saturday afternoon.

We're told the owner hadn't been living there, but he was fixing up the place.  No one was hurt.  But Luna said firefighters struggled with a weak water supply.

"And as you'll see in the video,  the water pressure went down. So then they had to have another truck pull up and fight it from the other side.  But they were battling it for a good 45 minutes before they got it under control."

The neighborhood is already scarred and charred.  In April, just two doors down another fire, this one fatal.  A 5-year-old boy died.

And across the street, the Huertas family showed us the low water pressure from the sink in their home.

Neighbors are worried that the fire hydrant outside won't be enough to save their homes should fire strike again on this block.
Neither the Fire Department nor the Water Department were available Saturday afternoon for comment.


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