London Riots: Image of a Woman Jumping From Burning Building Goes Viral

London Riots

A woman can be seen jumping from a burning building in Surrey Street after rioting took place in Croydon, England on August 8, 2011.
Riots and looting have broken out all across Greater London and are now spreading across the country
following the shooting of Mark Duggan by police in Tottenham, North London on Friday, August 8th
London, England - 08.08.11

A WENN photographer shot the moment the woman leapt from a second floor window in the city's Surrey Street market.

As news is rolling in regarding the ongoing UK riots, one photograph of a woman jumping from a burning London building is emerging as a defining image of the chaos. 

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This shot, captured by Amy Weston, a photographer for London-based WENN photo agency, was featured on the front pages of five London papers (Guardian, The London Times, The Sun, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Telegraph) Tuesday.

The Guardian talked to Weston, who had been driving in the city's Croydon neighborhood Monday when she heard screaming near the Surrey Street market, about taking the now-iconic photo.

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"There were six or seven people screaming and crying outside, and they looked like they lived at the flats that were burning," Weston recalled. 

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"A man in a white shirt was screaming that a girl was at the window and that she was ready to jump. He ran towards her but riot police had appeared and pulled him back, and they went to her instead." 

But, Weston was unsure if the unnamed woman was unharmed after her plunge. "As soon as she dropped, the crowds pushed back and there was no way to see what happened to her," she said. Adding, "There were warnings of gas cylinders being fired in to the crowd from riot police so I got out of there. I couldn't get to my car so I had to walk wrapping my camera in my clothes to avoid being mugged." 

She also told Australia's Sydney Morning Herald the scene occurred at 9pm local time Monday.