Two girls, ages 2 and 7, die in Cleveland apartment fire babysitter says was set by intruder

Arson signs posted on house, reward offered

CLEVELAND - A dozen detectives from the Cleveland Homicide and Arson Units spent Friday taking pictures and collecting potential evidence from an apartment where two young girls died Thursday night.

The fire was reported 10 p.m. Thursday night at the apartment building on Kipling Avenue near Ivanhoe Road.

Arson signs were posted on the house Friday night offering a cash reward for information about the arsonist.

Cleveland police said the girls--Peaches Christburg, 2, and Glacia Ramsey, 7--were being babysat by a 55-year-old woman when a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt forced his way into the apartment.

The woman, who neighbors said is the victim's aunt, told police the man forced her into the bathroom where she stayed until she smelled smoke. She then left the bathroom and found the apartment on fire. 

The woman ran to a neighbor's house and called 911.

Both girls were taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

No cause of death has been released yet.

Cleveland Police is asking anyone with information in connection with this incident to contact the Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or by sending a text message to TIP657.

As a memorial filled with stuffed animals in memory of the children grows outside the house, neighbors and friends attended a vigil on Kipling Avenue Friday night.

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