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  • The incident took place in Istanbul’s Esenler district
  • Some of the bystanders caught the children safely in a stretched-out blanket
  • The source of the fire was said to be an electrical panel

In Istanbul, Turkey, a woman has dropped her four children from a window in a desperate bid to rescue them from a fire that erupted at her house Wednesday.

A heart-stopping video obtained by Sky News shows the mother throwing her children one by one from the window of a third-story apartment as the passerby gathered below, stretching out a blanket to soften their fall.

The video shows thick smoke billowing from the window and the bystanders screaming with sounds of fire department’s alarms being heard in the background.

Some of the bystanders kept urging the mother not to drop the children. According to Sky News, the incident took place in Istanbul’s Esenler district. The children landed safely onto the blanket and were each carried to an ambulance.

The mother was taken to the hospital as a precaution, and all the five members of the family were doing well,  local newspaper Daily Sabah reported.

Two other children and two adults were also reportedly rescued from the building.

"First, black smoke started to come out. Then, the children started shouting from the windows and we opened the blankets,” a witness told Daily Sabah. "A woman threw the children down from above, so we caught four kids with blankets."

The source of the blaze was said to be an electrical panel. The firefighters later contained the fire.

In July 2019, an Ohio police officer was hailed a hero for saving a 6-year-old boy from a burning home. The police officer stormed into a burning home in Greyton Road without hesitation after hearing a moaning sound coming from it. He successfully pulled the boy, who was unconscious, to safety. The boy later recovered. The officer, Josh Robertson, was also treated for smoke inhalation.

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