A MAN has been hailed a hero after he ran to catch a child dropped by his father from the third storey of a burning building.
Six people were taken to hospital following the house fire in Dublin city centre early this morning.
The emergency call was made shortly after 5am this morning, alerting Dublin Fire service to the incident in Gloucester Place, off Sean McDermott Street in the north inner city.
It is understood that the fire broke out on the third floor - the top floor - of the house, and neighbours heard screaming.
One neighbour - Mark Furlong - ran to the scene thinking someone's phone had been stolen, and it is understood that a man who had been holding a baby over a balcony as the fire billowed behind then dropped the bundle.
Mr Furlong managed to catch the baby - thought to be only two or three months old - safely.
"I was sitting on my wall and I heard screaming. I thought someone's phone was after being nicked," he told RTE News.
"I turned this way and the house was in a blaze. I ran up and I caught the baby."
Six units of the fire service and three ambulances attended the scene.
All six people were suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation when they were taken to hospital. It is understood that they were all asleep when the fire broke out.
It is believed that one woman - who may be the child's mother - may be badly injured after she jumped to safety, possibly suffering an injured leg and broken teeth in the fall.
The windows of the house subsequently blew out as neighbours tried to ensure no-one else was inside. It is understood there was no one else in the building.