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Four children under the age of 5 who fire officials believe were left without adult supervision were pulled from a burning home by St. Louis firefighters on Thursday.

One child is in critical condition. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer captured an image of a firefighter working to revive a small girl. The other three children are in stable condition.

Someone passing by the apartment in the city’s Lafayette Square neighborhood just before 1 p.m. saw smoke and called for help. fire Department spokesman Garon Mosby said firefighters entered the home while it was burning and found the children, including one hiding in a closet and two in a play tent.

“Hats off to the firefighters,” Mosby said. “You walk into a room and at first glimpse there’s nobody there. You’ve got to dig deeper. And we know that children hide (during fires). Bathtubs, closets, under beds, in this case, in a tent.”

Mosby said it appears that the children were left home alone, but the mother of the children came to the scene as firefighters were there.

The blaze was in the front of the apartment in a brick building just south of downtown. The kids were found in a playroom in the back of the building.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the mother or any other adult could face charges. Phone and email messages left with St. Louis police were not immediately returned.

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