One adult and five small children were at home this morning when their house, in the 5200 block of Kent Street, caught fire.  

Shreveport police and firefighters were called just after midnight.  Three police officers got there moments before the fire department and learned that the adult and two of the children had been able to escape the flames but the other three children were still inside.

Fire Department spokesman Louis Johnson says the officers heard the children calling for help and quickly knocked out a window to that room.  Then one officer literally stood on top of another to pull two of the children from the burning house. Firefighters were able to rescue the third.  The five children ranged in age from two to six.  The three who were rescued were taken to University Health for treatment of burns.

The officers have been identified as Sergeant Steven Plunkett and Officers Zack Johnson and Jeremy Johnson.  Fire Chief Craig Mulford has expressed his pride and gratitude to the officers and says he's looking forward to recognizing their bravery in a formal manner at a later date.

It took over 30 minutes for firefighters to bring the blaze under control.  It destroyed they house and everything in it.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.