By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to the second floor. Adults on the first floor and the second floor escaped the fire without injury, Sutton said. Firefighters carried three children from the second floor to safety outside the building and quickly contained the fire.
All three children were taken to area hospitals by fire department medics. Sutton said a fire alarm alerted those on the first floor to the fire, but that no working smoke alarm was found in the second floor unit.
Sutton said the common factor in injuries that occurred during three fires in the last month was the absence of a smoke alarm.
Written by St. Louis Post-Dispatch