This is the terrifying moment firefighters battle to save a woman gripping on to a third-floor window frame to escape a raging fire inside.
The woman, who has not been named, lost her sister, three-year-old nephew and six-month-old niece to the ‘violent’ fire which quickly ravaged the apartment they shared in Barcelona.
An onlooker recorded the moment she escaped the heavy smoke and flames through the window before firefighters helped her in to the apartment below just after 6.40am yesterday.
A woman, who has not been named, stands on the top of a window as a fire ravages the inside of an apartment just after 6.40am in Barcelona
Smoke can be seen billowing from the flat above her as the firefighter hands her a rope and ties a harness around her waist in L’Hospitalet del Llobregat, in the eastern Spanish region of Catalonia.
The fireman then helps her to swing down in to the flat below where one of his colleagues pulls her through the open window.
The fire ended with the deaths of mother Catiusca and her two young children Jan, three, and six-month-old Anna.
Smoke can be seen billowing from the flat above her as the firefighter hands her a rope and ties a harness around her waist in L’Hospitalet del Llobregat, in the eastern Spanish region of Catalonia
The baby was taken to the Sant Joan de Deu hospital in serious condition but died hours later, while her mother and brother died in the flat, according to local media.
Meanwhile the aunt and grandmother suffered only light injuries in the blaze which took firefighters more than 30 minutes to extinguish.
Francesc Belver, the Councillor of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, said to local media: ‘It was a violent fire that burned very quickly.’
The police have launched an investigation into the incident and have confirmed the residents of the flat were not squatters and had a contract with an electricity company.