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A baby was dropped from the tenth floor of a blazing tower block and caught by a man who ran forward from crowds underneath to grab it into his arms.

The miracle rescue occurred as Grenfell Tower was engulfed by flames in a fire thought to have been caused by a fridge exploding which has claimed the lives of at least 12 people, reports Daily Mail.

Samira Lamrani said she saw a woman try to save a baby by dropping it from a window ‘on the ninth or 10th floor’ to waiting members of the public below.

She said: ‘People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming.

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‘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 added: ‘I could see people from all angles, banging and screaming for help.

Another resident, called Zara, said she saw a woman throw her son, who was about five years old, from a fifth or sixth floor window to escape the blaze.

She told LBC: ‘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.

Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said there had been ‘a number of fatalities’ and structural engineers are checking the stability of the building, which appears to have warped.

London Ambulance Service said 50 people are in hospital and paramedics are treating many more walking wounded for smoke inhalation and minor burns.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.

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  • what a dramatic rescue! amazing! i actually never heard about this story in the mainstream news. i hope that these two will remain in contact as this story is incredible!

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  • What an extraordinary event this was. There are always stories or tragedy, courage, the unthinkable etc that come from them.

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  • An amazing story of heroism to come out of such a catastrophe. My prayers are with all of the survivors and condolences for all who perished in the fire.

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  • Amazing story- I’d do anything to save one of my kids even if I didn’t make it, I’d be happy enough knowing that my kids survived.

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  • So glad to hear this baby survived, This is just an awful tragedy though. So sad for the victims and their families.

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  • Oh my, this mother was obviously so desperate. I hope she was okay. What a brave and courageous thing to do. And to the man who caught her baby, truly a lifesaver.

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  • All my prayers and thoughts to all.

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  • Probably you are right! :-(
    Today another good news with 2 sisters missing from the fire found alive. One is in coma though. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-fire-two-missing-sisters-lived-top-floor-alive-uncle-trawled-hospitals-tazmin-belkadi-a7792121.html

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  • Unfortunately I think the death toll might rise yet. My heart goes out to everyone there. The effects of what they went through and saw will be ongoing for the rest of their lives.

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  • A miracle indeed to survive in this way, but bless those who mourn the loss of loved ones !

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  • This is so sad and we feel for all the families that were affected by this fire it is such a tragedy and we pray for all of them.

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  • So wonderful that some of the children actually survived being thrown out of windows. They now have to live without their parents – but what an awful decision to make as a parent. Do you throw your child out of a burning window and hope they live, or keep them with you to die in the fire?
    I have been in a burning building – it is terrifying. Would hate to have to make that decision.

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  • What a horrendous thing to have happen to people in their own homes. I cannot imagine the terror that these poor people went through. Bless all those who survived and those who perished.

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  • Such a horrifying tragedy and scene to be a witness to.
    However I am glad they found the possible cause of the fire.

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  • such a little miracle that this baby survived, but so sad, as the mother most doubtedly perished.

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