Firefighter catches baby thrown from third-floor window to escape smoke

Firefighter catches baby thrown from third-floor window to escape smoke

A baby was thrown from a window to escape a fire (Stock image)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A baby was thrown from the third-floor window of a burning building in Tennessee and caught by a firefighter, it has emerged.

The fire broke out on Sunday (April 23) in an apartment block in Knoxville. When firefighters arrived, they noticed a man shouting for help from a window, according to Action News 5.

Firefighter Bo Merritt noticed he was hanging a baby out of the window to try and protect the child from smoke inhalation. At the time, the ladders hadn't yet been set up to reach the window.

So Merritt decided to ask the man to drop the baby, promising to catch him, and the baby's father let go.

The one-month-old baby, named Josiah, was caught by Merritt, and is still healthy after the incident.

The firefighter said "for some reason I said 'Drop him, I'll catch him.' He trusted me for some reason. [It was] by far the scariest thing I've ever done."

The firefighter has been praised for his bravery in taking the risk, but he said "anybody in this department would've done the same thing."

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, two others were injured in the incident.