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Increase in deadly fires in Cleveland

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2-year-old sister Peaches Christburg (Source: family) 2-year-old sister Peaches Christburg (Source: family)
7-year-old Glacia Ramsey (Source: family) 7-year-old Glacia Ramsey (Source: family)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A couple of weeks ago two children died in a fire purposely set.

Over the weekend an elderly woman in a wheelchair died in a fire.

The Cleveland Fire Department says this year, seven people have died in fires.

Last year eleven perished due to fires but in years prior it was as few as three.

Firefighters say that there is no clear reason for the increase and investigators are still trying to solve the mystery behind the death of the children on Kipling Ave.

A baby sitter claimed a man with a gun had come into the house.

She says that she hid in a bathroom and smelled smoke.

A dispatcher had trouble understanding her when she called 911.

There are more questions than answers in that deadly fire.

For anyone living in Cleveland, in need of a free smoke detector, call 216-361-5535.

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