A boy and a toddler caught by onlookers after falling from third-story window of an apartment in Grenoble

Two boys have been saved from an apartment fire in France when they dropped about 33 feet from a window and were caught by onlookers.

The brothers, aged 10 and 3, were unharmed by the fall but might have suffered from smoke inhalation, French media reported.

As onlookers screamed, the older brother then hung from the window and let himself fall into the arms of those below.

Athoumani Walid, a 25-year-old student who suffered a broken wrist from helping catch the children, said  

“We didn’t know what to do. We wanted to break the door but it wasn’t possible,

They then went outside and shouted for the boys to jump into their arms.

Mr Walid said

“He hopes the rescue will change perceptions of the Villeneuve neighborhood, which has a large immigrant population and is designated as a “sensitive urban zone”

“We are told it’s a ‘sensitive’ neighborhood, but we showed we are here for each other, and we save each other,” Mr Walid said.

Mayor Eric Piolle congratulated residents on the rescue, which he said underscored the city’s “tradition of solidarity and mutual help”.

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