Firefighters recall rescuing trapped boys from fire on Clara Avenue

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A recent fire left two children in the hospital and their mother facing two counts of child abuse. On Thursday St. Louis City fire crews were called to this house fire on Clara Avenue. That`s were three crews found two boys ages five and two left alone in the home. Their mother Jannetta Maclin allegedly left them alone and went to work.  That`s when one of the kids used a lighter to set a couch on fire. FOX 2 spoke to firefighters who say they were lucky to have a team on hand to help them pull the kids out of a closet inside the smoky home. They also worked together to revive the kids and transported them to the hospital.

At this point the boys are still listed in critical condition.

Officials say there were no working smoke detectors in the home.