Neighbours catch baby thrown from blaze in Japan

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TOKYO, Nov 19 (Reuters) A 5-month-old baby was caught by neighbours after her mother threw her from the third floor window of a burning building in the western Japan city of Osaka today, police said.

Baby Rion Morioka was uninjured in the fall but was being treated for smoke inhalation, as was her mother Miyuki, 24, Kyodo news agency said.

She and the baby's father, sports instructor Junichi, 22, both jumped from the window, about 7 metres above the ground, Kyodo said.

Junichi suffered broken bones.

Neighbours had spread bedding on the ground and shouted to the couple to throw the baby down after the fire broke out, it said.

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