Video: Ohio LEOs rescue man in wheelchair from house fire

By Jane Morice

CLEVELAND — A 65-year-old man and a 90-year-old woman were severely burned late Saturday in a house fire on the city’s West Side, police said.

Fire crews responded about 10:50 p.m. to the house – a duplex – on the 3700 block of West 47th Place in the city’s Stockyards neighborhood, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said.

The man and woman who lived in the house were able to escape the blaze before firefighters arrived, Ciaccia said. The 65-year-old man was “reportedly extinguished by a neighbor on the lawn” before paramedics could take him and the woman to the hospital.

The two were taken to MetroHealth with severe burns, Ciaccia said. They remain in critical condition.

Cleveland police officers and an Ohio highway patrol trooper arrived at the fire scene before fire crews and made sure the house was clear, Ciaccia said. They also helped a wheelchair-bound neighbor get out of the adjacent home that was exposed to the fire.

The fire department was able to fully extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Ciaccia said.

(c)2021 The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

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