CLEVELAND - Authorities are now investigating a possible arson in the fire that injured two firefighters and displaced nine families Friday night on Cleveland's east side.
Crews on scene Friday said the flames broke out shortly before 8:50 p.m. at the apartment and commercial building near East 130th Street and Buckeye Avenue.
When crews arrived, the building was well involved, according to firefighters.
The pastor for the Prophetic Outreach Chapel, which was located in the same building, returned Saturday to check the damages. While the Chapel was untouched, Apostle Thonor-Kuykendall described other apartments and stores to be completely devastated.
"Someone knows who set this fire," said the pastor, "somebody knows what went on so I'm just asking people if they need to come forward, there's a tip line, they don't have to say who they are, but somebody knows who's responsible for this."
A sign offering a $2,000 cash reward for information leading to a possible arson arrest hung on a light post outside of the building Saturday, along with yellow tape still blocking the sidewalk area.
An American Red Cross spokesperson told NewsChannel5 the building is not livable and they are assisting the nine families who were displaced by the fire.
Fire officials said the two male firefighters who were transported to MetroHealth Medical Center after a partial roof collapse have since been treated and released.
"My prayers are with them, you know. I'd like to know where they are so we can come and see about them and thank them," said the pastor.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (216) 252-7463. You can remain anonymous.