Young brothers jump from burning building before being caught by crowd

Two young brothers have been rescued from a burning apartment block after jumping from a third-floor window to a crowd below.

Dramatic footage shows the moment one of the boys hangs from the window in Grenoble, southeastern France, as black smoke billows from his home.

He then drops down to a crowd which had screamed for him to jump.

A second boy then leaps from the apartment block before being caught by the group.

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One of the boys can be seen hanging from the window before dropping down to the crowd below

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Dramatic footage shows one of the boys falling from the window

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

Four people who caught the boys were also checked by medics.

There was no immediate word about the condition of the boys or anyone else affected by the fire.

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A crowd gathered below to catch the boys

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One of the brothers is seen falling into the crowd

Souhaila Saidi, who lives in a nearby apartment, said she was “anxious and stressed” as she saw the children preparing to jump.

She said: “Luckily they jumped one after the other without being seriously injured.”

Eric Piolle, the mayor of Grenoble, congratulated residents on the “heroic rescue” of the two children before wishing those who were injured in the rescue a speedy recovery.

Mr Piolle wrote on Facebook: “Hand in hand, they allowed the two little ones to get out unharmed from this drama.”