Two children in critical condition following Akron house fire

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AKRON, Ohio -- The Akron Fire Department is investigating a late night house fire that left two children in critical condition.

The fire happened just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday at a house on Seward Ave.

The fire department said when firefighter arrived, a woman was in the front yard screaming that her children were still inside.

Firefighters rescued two children from the house. They were rushed to Akron Children's Hospital where a fire department spokesperson said they were in critical condition.

Their names and ages were not immediately available.

According to the fire department, there were no smoke detectors in the home.

“That is something we’re concerned about as we’ve got the campaign going on," Sierjie Lash, Akron Fire Department spokesperson, said. "We’ve got a new grant from FEMA to put smoke alarms into our homes and we are finding more and more of our homes still don’t have smoke alarms.”

Lash said the department is partnered with the American Red Cross to provide smoke detectors to any Akron resident who needs them. You can request one by calling the Red Cross at (330)535-2030.

“Many of our fires within the past year, we found a lot of our homes still don’t have smoke alarms," Lash said. "We understand that people have different reasons for not wanting fire or police within their homes. But we want to come in to make them safe. If you don’t have smoke alarms, call us. We can do it for you -- that small service. It’s fast, It's easy. It's free. We want to help you out and make our community safe.”

The fire department said no firefighters were hurt battling the fire. The cause is under investigation.

Stay with Fox 8 News and for updates on this developing story.

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