The woman who jumped from a burning building during the London riots has been identified as Monika Konczyk.

The 32 year old leapt from the window of her Croydon flat into the arms of a man below after rioters set fire to the building below.

The dramatic image – one of the most frightening from the London riots – was captured by a photographer and graced the front pages of newspapers around the world.

The incident has left Konczyk traumatised, her sister Beata Mecaj revealed.

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"Monika is incredibly traumatised as she feels she narrowly escaped death. She is staying with me at the moment and I’m looking after her.

"It will take a while for her to get over this.

"She only came to the UK a couple of months ago and we are appalled that something like this could happen here. We always thought this country was so civilised."

Konczyk grew up in Koronowo, Poland but moved to the UK in March for a better life. Both she and her sister are employed at Croydon’s Poundland.

The Daily Mirror reported that she confide in a friend: “It was horrendous. I was trapped inside my flat with nowhere to go. There was no way out for me. I thought I was going to die. I thought I would burn to death.”

“The flat was getting hotter and hotter and when I tried to escape out of the front door the heat was just too much”

“I was panicking. All I could do was put my head out the window and people saw me down the street below.”

At first Konczyk had been  terrified of the 16 metre drop into the street below, fearing she was going to die, but friends and passer-bys implored her to jump.

Another friend Aleksandra Robak said: "She is going to the doctors because we think she is suffering from depression.”

"She has been very quiet since Monday and is not herself."