Grenfell Tower fire: Miracle as baby dropped to safety from tenth-floor flat

In an attempt to save her child, a mother threw her baby from a window 'on the ninth or tenth floor'

Thursday 15 June 2017 07:59 BST
Baby was 'dropped from ninth or tenth floor' of Grenfell Tower as fire raged

A baby dropped from a window on Grenfell Tower as fire tore through the building has miraculously escaped serious harm, witnesses say.

In an attempt to save the child, a woman thought to be its mother dropped the baby out of a window "on the ninth or tenth floor".

Eyewitnesses said a man in the crowd ran forward and caught the falling youngster.

How the unidentified woman fared remains unknown.

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

"Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby."

Ms Lamrani said she thought the baby had not been hurt by the fall.

Another resident, named only as Zara, said a woman was forced to drop her son, aged about five, from a fifth- or sixth-floor window to escape.

"One woman actually threw her son out of the window. I think he's OK. I think he might have just had some broken bones and bruises,” she told radio station LBC.

At least six people have died and 74 people have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in the 24-story Grenfell Tower in Kensington.

Forty engines and more than 200 firefighters tackled the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

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