Patrick Mangan chose this date to remind us of the eight young lives lost and of all the promise they could offer.

CLEVELAND – 33 years later Assistant Chief of Fire Patrick Mangan leaves Cleveland Fire Department. He says it’s time for him to go, but on May 21, 2022, he chose for a special reason.

Yes, it’s 33 years, he told us. More importantly for Manganese, it is the anniversary of the deadliest house fire in Cleveland. Nine people were killed when a house on 1220 E 87th Street caught fire.

Thirty-three-year-old Medea Carter, four of her children and four other children who attended an overnight stay on her 14th birthday could not be rescued, despite all the efforts of firefighters who received a call that night.

“It was just a house bell on fire,” Mangan said when we recently met him in an empty area where the house once stood. “There was no evidence that there were children inside.

“To be honest, this is my third time on this street. I tried to find her last week. “

This is a self-defense mechanism used by Manganese and other rapid response services. He cannot forget what happened here; he also doesn’t want others to be forgotten.

“These are called launch events,” Mangan said. “We were not attached, I did not go to the funeral, I did not go to the funeral. It’s not good for your mental health. “

However, Manganese gave some of the most powerful and vivid testimony during two trials of a man who was eventually convicted of intentionally starting hell. He does not name this man, but reads from his testimony, describing the hellish spectacles, sounds and smells of that night.

“I’m in hell,” he had said all these years. “On the left is the house, on the right is a woman whose skin is leaking from her body, her arms are outstretched, and the wings of her skin are falling off. She shouts, “My kids, my kids are there.” “

Fakih Jones, 7; Malee’ya Williams, 12; Shontavia Mitchell, 12, Ernest Tate Jr., 13; Miles Golden Cockfield, 13; Anthony Jackson, Jr., 14; Moses Williams Jr., 14; and Devante Carter, 15, all perished along with Medea Carter.

Patrick Mangan would like a memorial to the children to be erected. We’ll tell more about his story on Sunday night on “What’s Next” at 11 p.m.

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