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Desperate mother drops her baby from burning London building

A man ran forward to catch the child

A woman stuck in the burning London apartment building dropped her baby out the window in a desperate attempt to save its life.

“People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming,” Samira Lamrani, a local who witnessed the blaze, told the Press Association. 

“The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby.”

“Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby,” she said. According to The Independent, the infant survived the fall.

“I could see people from all angles, banging and screaming for help.”

“Us members of the public were reassuring them, telling them we’ve done what we can and that we’ve phoned 999, but obviously the look on their face was death.”

“The more I looked up, floor upon floor. Endless numbers of people.”

“I could hear them screaming for their lives,” Samira said. 

“The kids, because obviously their voices, with their high pitched voices – that will remain with me for a long time.”

Emergency services fight the Grenfell Tower block fire
Members of the emergency services watch as Grenfell Tower is engulfed by fire on June 14, 2017 in west London. (Credit: Getty)
A pedestrian watched Grenfell Towers
Pedestrians look up towards Grenfell Tower, a residential block of flats in west London on June 14, 2017, as firefighters continue to control a fire that engulfed the building in the early hours of the morning. (Credit: Getty)

This article first published on Marie Claire

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