30 Jan 2016

Priest takes leap of faith from burning church

1:28 pm on 30 January 2016

A priest has been saved from a burning church by jumping into the arms of police officers in Melbourne.

Patrolling officers noticed smoke coming from the building in Preston in the city's north at about 12.30am today.

They climbed the fence but could not get into the church residence because the fire was too intense.

The priest called out from a first floor window and, with no other way to get out, the officers told him to jump.

At least six officers linked arms and caught him.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade said despite the 3.5-metre drop, the priest managed to walk away without a scratch.