Family, friends mourn loss of two young girls die from house fir

Family, friends mourn loss of two young girls die from house fire

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Police investigating fire that took lives of two young girls Police investigating fire that took lives of two young girls
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Arson and homicide investigators are trying to determine who set a fire that killed two little girls on Cleveland's east side Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the neighborhood where they lived is in mourning.

A memorial with candles, stuffed animals and balloons sits outside the Kipling Ave. home where two little girls died.

On Friday night, neighbors were gathering and embracing in the street outside.

"I'm really shocked to see that this happened in this neighborhood," said Julie Beard who lives nearby. "I mean it's sad that somebody would run in that house and kill these little kids like that."

Police say the fire was started by a person who broke into the apartment and locked the children's babysitter in a closet. 

The sitter was the girl's aunt and she broke out when she smelled smoke.

7-year-old Glacia Ramsey and her younger 2-year-old sister Peaches Christburg died in the fire.

One neighbor tried to race in to save the girls.

"Smoke attacked me.  It was all around in my face.  Couldn't breathe.  Couldn't see," he said.

Sources told our Ed Gallek the girls' mother called police to the home a week ago saying she'd been robbed at gunpoint.

The mom was out of state when the fire killed her daughters.

9-year-old Damani Wallace knew one of the girls from school. 

"I would always see her with a smile," Wallace said.  "Every day she would walk out of class.  She was the nicest person you could ever meet in the world. I just want to say that I will miss her. And I put my heart out to the family."

Investigators have questioned a former boyfriend of the girl's mother.  But no arrests have been made in the case.

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