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Montreal mother of seven saved the lives of her children by throwing them out the window of a burning building Thursday night.

The 34-year-old woman and her children, ages two to 10, were inside their east-end apartment on Élie-Beauregard Street when a fire broke out on the building's ground floor just before midnight.

As flames and smoke spread in the building, the mother gathered her children at a second-storey window.

By the time firefighters arrived, responding to a neighbour's 911 call, she had thrown the children into a snowbank about five metres below, and jumped.

The woman injured her back in the fall and suffered first-degree burns to her face.

Everyone in the family suffered smoke inhalation. Three of the children were seriously injured, two of them with burns to the face. A two-year-old sustained serious neck injuries.

None of the injuries are life-threatening, and the family is recovering in hospital, police said.

Neighbours commended the woman's instinct and courage. "She's an extraordinary woman" said Jehu Gauthier, who lives around the corner. "I congratulate her."

The Montreal fire department said the woman did not have a smoke detector in her apartment.

Initial reports suggest the fire may have started in a couch.

This woman shows what a true mother does when faced with a horrific incident.

My deepest sympathy.

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Amazing story for saving her kids. And also highly brave to have seven kids at the age of 34.

Glad they all made it out.

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this happened a few streets away from my house, my friend lives on the same street.

It must be a terrible ordeal to live through

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I am a firefighter and I get to wear all the proper kit and BA set and its hard in 500 degress c. Vision is hampered by thick black smoke and the heat could cook a chicken. So what this woman achieved was amazing, shes the best mum they could hope for

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Good job, although the whole thing getting to that point could of been her fault (I don't know, I haven't heard for sure). But two things that stuck out to me in the article I read were that a.) the fire started in a couch (I assume someone who didn't put out their cigarette) and b.) there was no fire detector in the house. Although good for her for what she did, and while I don't know these two things were her fault, if they were, pretty irresponsible to let it get to the point where she was throwing children out her window.

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Good job, although the whole thing getting to that point could of been her fault (I don't know, I haven't heard for sure). But two things that stuck out to me in the article I read were that a.) the fire started in a couch (I assume someone who didn't put out their cigarette) and b.) there was no fire detector in the house. Although good for her for what she did, and while I don't know these two things were her fault, if they were, pretty irresponsible to let it get to the point where she was throwing children out her window.

With the couch short circuit could cause sparks to fly out of a light fixture and she was in an apartment and some landlords refuse to install them and won't allow you to do it

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With the couch short circuit could cause sparks to fly out of a light fixture and she was in an apartment and some landlords refuse to install them and won't allow you to do it

Then wouldn't they say it started when a light fixture short circuited? To say officially that it started in a couch seems a bit odd. If it was something innocent, you think they'd mention it.

The smole detector, true landlords may not put them up (although I have a feeling this is illegal), but certainly prohibiting a tenant from putting their own up has to be illegal on a number of levels.

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