Firefighters being praised for heroic efforts to save children during house fire

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A crew of Cleveland firefighters were in the right place at the right time and are now being credited for their heroic efforts to save three children during an overnight house fire.

(Children rescued from house fire in Cleveland; photo courtesy of FOX 8's Brittany Harris)

(Children rescued from house fire in Cleveland; photo courtesy of FOX 8's Brittany Harris)

According to fire officials, three firefighters were driving their fire truck to pick up another crew member when they spotted a fire in the distance. They arrived at a home in the 700 block of East 93rd Street and immediately called for back-up.

Neighbors told firefighters that there were children inside the home, and they geared up and prepared their hoses to fight the fire.

After entering the home, firefighters heard a boy screaming, before it quickly stopped. Once they made their way upstairs, they found a young boy unconscious in one of the rooms.

At the same time, the fire chief was conducting a perimeter search outside and found a girl laying in the bushes. She apparently jumped out the window to safety, breaking her leg in the process.

Firefighters continued to search the home but found no other victims. A third child escaped the home on his own with his grandmother. They are both OK.

The little boy and little girl were taken to the hospital for treatment. Their conditions are unknown.

A cause has not been determined, but firefighters believe the fire was accidental and began in the living room.

The firefighters who discovered the blaze will receive commendations from the fire department.

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