By Alex Fees
St. Louis (KSDK) - When St. Louis firefighters arrived on the scene of a house fire at Blair and St. Louis Avenue Monday afternoon, on the second floor they found smoke and flames caused by a grease fire.
On the third floor they found four children hiding in a closet.
Firefighters David Sproling and Adam Solomon pulled the children, cousins ages two to 12, out of the closet and rushed them to safety.
"When in distress, they run and hide," said Spoling. "In the closet, under the bed, in the wall, anywhere they got a hiding place, where they feel safe."
"That's part of how we search," added Solomon. "We know they hide in closets and under the bed in those situations. So we know to look in those places."
Fire officials say it is human nature for children to hide when there's a fire in their home. And it's up to parents to try to counteract human nature.
Battalion Chief Jim Wedemeier discussed what parents need to impress upon their children.
"Try to get out of the house," said Wedemeier. "If you can, get out of the house. Go down; don't go up. In this case they went up, and that's where all the heat and smoke travels."
"They were just scared and clinging onto their cousins pretty tight, and we got them out," said Firefighter Solomon. "Escorted them past where the fire had been because they were pretty scared to even go near where the fire was."
This notion that it is human nature for children to hide if there is a fire in their house is why firefighters often do primary and secondary search in house fires.
Solomon and Sproling located those children on the primary search. Just another day at work.
"Yes, sir," said Sproling. "Best job in the world."