Heart-stopping footage: French boys jump from apartment fire, caught by neighbours

Heart-stopping footage: French boys jump from apartment fire, caught by neighbours”

Video of the dramatic rescue showed the younger brother being dropped from at least three storeys up as black smoke billowed from the window and flames engulfed an adjacent balcony.

The children in Grenoble, ages 3 and 10, managed to survive the plunge from the building's third floor and have since been treated for smoke inhalation, according to the BBC.

To a chorus of screams from onlookers, the older brother hung out of the window and then let himself fall into the arms of the rescuers gathered below.

The boys, aged three and 10, were taken to hospital along with 17 of the building's residents.

Four of the people who caught the boys were also hospitalised to check if any bones were fractured by the impact of the jumps.

Athoumani Walid, a 25- year- old trainee who suffered a damaged wrist from assisting capture the children, stated he heard screams and headed out to examine after seeing the fire from his close-by apartment and hurried to assist, together with 4 or 5 other individuals. "We wanted to break the door (to the apartment) but it wasn't possible".

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The second child then sits on the ledge of the window before making a leap into the outstretched arms of the locals, drawing more gasps and cries.

"We didn't know what to do", Walid told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Writing on his Facebook page, Grenoble Mayor Éric Piolle said: "I would like to congratulate the inhabitants of Villeneuve who made a heroic rescue of two children trapped in their burning apartment today".

Walid said he hoped the rescue changed perceptions of the Villeneuve neighbourhood, which has a large immigrant population.

"We are told it's a "sensitive" neighborhood", Walid said.

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