Children, 3 and 10, throw themselves from burning building into neighbours’ arms

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A pair of young children jumped from a burning building into the arms of their neighbours.

In shocking footage taken from a nearby building the kids, aged three and ten, teeter above a covered courtyard in France.

Thick black smoke billows out of the complex as a woman screams in the background.

The older child dangles the younger out of the window before dropping him into the arms of people waiting below.

He then climbs over the window ledge and allows himself to fall down to safety.

The death defying feat saw the children falling roughly ten metres from the third floor.

According to the firefighters who arrived on the scene a little later, the two children escaped unscathed, Le Dauphine reports.

They were taken to Grenoble University Hospital along with 17 other people from the building to be checked for smoke inhalation.

Two of the men who caught them were also taken to hospital with suspected broken forearms.

It is unclear what sparked the blaze in Grenoble in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of south-eastern France yesterday afternoon.

It is also not known where the children’s parents were while they made their dramatic escape.

About 40 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames of the 100 square meter apartment, which was completely destroyed. 

A police investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

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