Man Dies, 2 Firefighters Injured In Ohio House Fire

Oct. 29, 2008
A man was killed in an early-morning fire on Cleveland's west side.


A man was killed in an early-morning fire on Cleveland's west side.

The fire broke out at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in a house in the 3200 block of Louisiana Avenue.

Three people made it out of the fire. However, when firefighters went upstairs to look for the man still inside, the fire ate through the floor and it collapsed under their feet.

Neighbors said they could watch the flames shoot out of the home.

"It lit up the house. You could see the flames. It lit up the inside of the house," said neighbor Pearl Herrington. "They were shooting right out of that window and that window blew. The flames just started shooting out. Then they were shooting out of the window upstairs and that window there. I mean, I thought our house was going to burn. I grabbed the cat, my husband grabbed the dog and we went across the street."

Investigators don't know yet how the fire started.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries after his fall through the floor. The other hurt his shoulder and will rest awaiting assessment from a doctor.

The Red Cross was called to assist other adults living in the building.

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