CLEVELAND -- A man and woman were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation but are expected to be alright after a fire Wednesday night on Cleveland's East Side.
Firefighters, who were called to the area of East 139th Street and Topeka Avenue Wednesday evening, said the pair were attempting to exit the home on their own and needed some help.
Neighbors at the scene said they grabbed blankets to keep the two warm until they were transported to University Hospitals. Both victims are in stable condition.
Cleveland firefighters really needed this, after the deaths of two little girls Friday. Police are still searching for a suspect in the Kipling Avenue arson that killed 2-year-old Peaches Christburg and 7-year-old Glacia Ramsey.
Funeral services for the sisters are set for Saturday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Pentecostal Church of Christ, 14102 Harvard Ave., where family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.
Neighbors along East 139th say a handicapped woman in her 70s and her two sons have lived at the home in the 900 block of East 139th Street for decades. One son was returning home from work as the rescue happened.
"It's devastating to see the fire coming out of the window, and you know it's two people in there that can't move," said next-door neighbor Janice Taylor.
The first floor of the house has fire damage, and the home had smoke damage throughout. But the important thing: the people are alright.
"We were able to get inside, and everything was working out in their favor this time," said Assistant Chief David McNeilly. "We were able to bring them out of the house. ... This time we won."
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but a Cleveland Fire Department representative said it appeared to be accidental.