Children rescued after barricaded gunmen set fire to house

- One man is in custody after barricading himself inside a home on Detroit's east side and setting the home on fire.

Police say two suspects entered a home on the 700 block of Conner in an attempted armed robbery. Officers responded to the scene to find the suspects had taken a family hostage.

The man and woman were able to get out of the home before the fire, but the woman's two young children were still trapped inside. 

The suspects were barricaded for an hour while police attempted negotiations. Police say the suspects eventually set the home on fire to create a diversion and escape.

One suspect tried to run away, and Commander Elvin Barren of the Detroit Police Department was able to apprehend him. The second suspect is believed to have escaped.

Fire and EMS were able to control the fire and rescue the children, who were taken to a nearby hospital. A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition from smoke inhalation, but she and her 4-year-old brother are expected to survive.

Marcus Robinson, the man who was held hostage, says he had been living in his van for a year and finally got into a home.

"They took all that from me," he says. "You wouldn't ever in your life want to go what I went through. I never in my life prayed so hard for somebody else."

"We were all just very concerned and on edge as we watched the house burn; we didn't know exactly where the kids were we at the time. But, with a sigh of relief, we saw them being brought out of the house alive," Barren says.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates. 

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