A rough sleeper has received praise after using his sleeping bag to catch a baby from a burning building, after his parents lowered him down to save him from the fire.
Jason Barry caught the baby who was thrown to safety from a first floor window at the scene of a house fire.
He successfully caught the toddler, saving it from serious injury after one of his parents dangled him from the building in a bid to save him as flames engulfed the property.
A fire crew was called to the scene of the incident, which started in the first floor kitchen of a three storey terraced building by a cooking appliance.
The incident occurred in North Street, Leighton Buzzard, Beds.
A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said: "Jason Barry, a rough sleeper in Leighton Buzzard saw the incident and rushed to assist at the scene.
"PCSO Rachel Carne of the Leighton Community Policing Team met with Jason who told her he caught the toddler in his sleeping bag.
"Prior to crews arriving at the scene, Jason caught the child who was lowered from the first floor window. Three other members of the same family were rescued and led to safety by firefighters."
PCSO Carne said: "Jason didn't think twice to go and help a person in need and help them save their child. I think this is an extremely commendable thing to do and we are very impressed with altruism and his selfless action."
Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said: "I would like to thank Jason for his brave efforts. In a life-threatening incident like this, quick actions are key to saving lives and for that he should be incredibly proud.
"I would also like to thank the crews who rescued several further people from the building and the support from police colleagues for their help and support at the incident."
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