Red Cross helps victims after fire on East 175th Street in Cleveland

Red Cross helps victims after fire on East 175th Street in Cleveland
Updated: Aug. 19, 2018 at 9:47 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Association of Cleveland Firefighters said crews were looking for victims after a fire on the 1100 block of East 175th Street.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to the investigators.

This was by Grovewood Avenue.

Investigators said crews with three different engines worked the fire.

The Cleveland Fire Department said the Red Cross is helping people impacted by the fire.

The fire is out, according to investigators.

"My girls are safe, that's all I care about.  Material things can be replaced, lives you can't," said Pam Smithson.

Through the smoke in the air, Smithson tears up as she explains just how close she came to losing the most important things in her life.

Her daughter, daughter's fiance and three granddaughters live in the upper part of the east side Cleveland home.  After spending the day together, she had just dropped the girls off when she received a frantic call from her daughter.

The fire department said the fire started in the basement of the house and was likely electrical.  They were able to put out the fire fairly quickly.

"I just had my second heart attack a couple months ago.  These girls are my world.  If something would have happened to them I would have lost it," said Smithson.

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