A three and four-year-old brother and sister are in critical condition after an apartment fire in Liberty Township this morning on the 3000 block of Green Acres Drive early Friday morning around 5.

"The fire was coming out everywhere," next-door neighbor Lynn Jones said, "It was coming out really bad. It was busting out windows."

17-year-old Jordan Copeland lived in the Green Acres apartment complex that burst into flames. 

"I was passed out and my sister came in screaming the house is on fire," he said, "Then we didn't know where the two kids were at and they were stuck in there."

Out of all three units in the complex, Copeland's was the most salvaged as his family worked on recovering their personal items Friday afternoon.

"The smell was terrible," Copeland said, "Terrible...The flames were shooting out the back doors and flying out the roofs and stuff."

All 13 people who lived there made it out, but the fate of a 3 and 4-year-old boy and girl is still not clear after firefighters went in to rescue the kids in a hallway upstairs because the smoke was too heavy. The kids were initially rushed to Mercy Health in Youngstown. 

"Tere was a father in the front yard telling crews where the fire was and where the children were, so they were able to get to them pretty quick," Liberty Township Fire Chief Gus Birch said. 

The apartment owner, John Dobrilovic, said it's a total loss but is grateful for the first responders and is hoping for the children's recovery.

"Prayers go out to them and that's the most important thing," Dobrilovic said, "We can re-build this. You can't replace lives."

The three families who lived in the apartment are now being assisted by the Red Cross and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A 9-1-1 caller initially told a dispatcher that smoke from a clothes dryer had filled the interior of the apartment, but the State Fire Marshals said this cause has been ruled out and the cause remains undetermined. 

Both children have since been taken to Akron Children's Hospital Friday afternoon and their condition remains critical.