Mother throws her children to safety from her burning third-floor flat

Terrifying moment a mother throws her children, three and four, to safety from her burning third-floor flat – with neighbours catching the boys 30ft below using a blanket

  • Mother, 25, was forced to throw her young children from a third floor window 
  • Neighbours in Russian city Novosibirsk caught the boys with a blanket  
  • The single mother was then helped to escape the burning building with a rope  

A dramatic video caught the nightmare moment a mother, 25, was forced to throw her two young children from a third floor window to save their lives in an inferno.

Neighbours in Russian city Novosibirsk caught the boys, aged three and four, by holding out a blanket.

Lyubov Pavlunina woke at 7am to find her holiday flat ablaze and screamed for help.


Neighbours in Russian city Novosibirsk caught the boys, aged three and four, by holding out a blanket, left and right

Then one by one she dropped her boys 30ft from an open window on an enclosed balcony into the blanket stretched out by locals.

‘I woke and one of my kids was next to me,’ she said.

‘I took his hand and began to look for my second son.

‘The three of us fought through the smoke to the balcony, and I don’t remember any further from there – I passed out.’

She came round again and pleaded for help, she said.

‘I shouted for at least the children to be saved,’ she said.

‘The children were my only priority.


Lyubov Pavlunina woke at 7am to find her holiday flat ablaze and screamed for help. Pavlunina pictured, left, and with one of her sons, right 

Devastation inside the holiday apartment following the blaze. Lyubov said: ‘Of course, it’s scary to throw children from the third floor – but I had to’


One by one she dropped her boys 30ft from an open window on an enclosed balcony into the blanket stretched out by locals, left. The single mother was then helped to escape, after a rope was lowered from the fourth floor, right 

‘People started helping, they spread a blanket, and shouted that I should throw the children.’

Lyubov said: ‘Of course, it’s scary to throw children from the third floor – but I had to.

‘I don’t remember how I did it.

‘I don’t understand how I had the courage to do it.’

The single mother was then helped to escape, after a rope was lowered from the fourth floor.


‘I don’t understand how I had the courage to do it,’ Lyubov said. The single mother is  pictured with her sons, left and right 

Three other adults also escaped from the same flat, said the Russian emergencies ministry.

‘The window was blown out, everything that could burn, burned down,’ she said.

‘It’s good that we ourselves did not suffer, we only choked on smoke.’

An investigation is underway into how the blaze occurred.

A report by NGS citing emergency sources said it is suspected a child had been playing with a lighter.

There was also a report that a faulty microwave caused the inferno.

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