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Two children die in a house fire

James W. Wade III | 12/18/2013, 1:02 p.m.
The baby-sitter stayed in the bathroom until she smelled smoke. Fearful for her life she ran out of the house ...

Last week two youths lost their life in a raging fire on Kipling Ave. The Children’s Aunt, who was babysitting, stated that a man broke into the second floor and forced her in a bathroom and set the house ablaze.

The baby-sitter stayed in the bathroom until she smelled smoke. Fearful for her life she ran out of the house and rushed to home across the street, where she call the police. According to reports, police responded to the fire on 15417 Kipling Ave., just after 10 p.m.

Firefighters responded to the call around 10:12 p.m. Assistant Fire Chief Tim O'Toole said firefighters removed the girls from a bedroom on the second floor and they were taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Police said they were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Lisa Brownlee was the person that the aunt ran to across the street for help. Gerell Alexander, Brownlee's son, hurried to the burning house and tried to go inside to get the two children out, but was overcome by the heavy smoke.

The aunt told police she was held up about 9:35 p.m. by a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt. The police say he fled in a silver car with a possible license plate OTA A35.

The fire took place in a four-suite apartment and the other the suites were unoccupied.

A firefighter was also injured in the fire, and taken to the hospital with an injury to his arm.

This tragedy brings the total of deaths for the year by fire to six. Cleveland fires in 2012 took the lives of ten.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office identified the girls as Peaches Christburg, age 2, and Glacia Ramsey, age 7. The medical examiner's office still is investigating the official cause of death.

The police department is asking anyone with information in connection with the incident to contact the Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or text-messaging to Text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).