A Turkish mother saved her four children from a fire in an Istanbul apartment by throwing them out of a third-floor window, a moving video shows.
The incident occurred on Wednesday in a five-story building in the Esenler district, located on the European side of Istanbul.
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In a video taken from the street below, the mother is seen throwing each child out the window as a cloud of black smoke enters the opening. Community members can be seen under the window spreading a blanket to catch the children.
A neighbor who witnessed the incident described the scene to the official Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah.
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“First, black smoke started coming out,” said the neighbor. “Then the children started yelling from the windows. And we opened the blankets. A woman threw the children from above. So, we caught four children with blankets.”
Local authorities told the outlet that the four children were safe and in good condition. Firefighters were able to put out the fire.