Three men have been arrested in connection with the fire (Picture: SWNS)
A baby had to be thrown out of a flat window after suspected arsonists started a fire with the residents still inside.
Three men have now been arrested on suspicion of starting the blaze on purpose at an address in Sheffield. Firefighters were called to the property at 8.35pm on Monday.
A number of residents were trapped inside the building, and emergency crews had to mount a daring rescue operation involving ladders to get them out.
Witnesses said the baby was thrown out of the window to a member of the public amid the blaze.
Bystanders said the baby was thrown from a window to a member of the public (Picture: SWNS)
Photos of the scene today showed one of the windows completely broken, while the exterior walls of the block were blackened by the fire. The exact cause of the blaze has not yet been determined,
One resident said she feared she would have to find a permanent new home due to the extent of the damage.
It is not yet known how the fire was started (Picture: SWNS)
A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: ‘Our firefighters have just rescued three people from a flat fire on Batemoor Road, Sheffield.
‘We were called at 8.35pm and a crew from Lowedges, who were first on scene, immediately pitched a ladder up to the window to effect a rescue.
‘Thanks to working smoke alarms within the flat, neighbours were able to raise the alarm and call 999 to get firefighters on scene.
‘From that point a collective effort between our fantastic control operators, fire crews and partner agencies led to the successful rescue.’
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