Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man Scales Down Outside of Building to Escape Fire in Philadelphia

Man Scales Down Outside of Building to Escape Fire in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia man scaled his 19-floor apartment building after a fire broke out, and the agile real-life "Spider-Man" managed to get himself to safety.

"He climbed about 200 feet down on what looked like basically chain-link fencing and then the railings of each apartment building", SkyForce10 pilot Jeremy Haas told NBC Philadelphia.

Fire crews responded around 9:30 p.m.to reports that smoke was seen coming from the upper floors of a 19-story high-rise in West Philadelphia.

The fire was believed to have been started by a trash compactor, said WPVI. In some cases, they made forced entry to the units. "We received calls from our fire communication center and fire department units".

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Firefighters used a water line to flood the trash chute twice, the AP reported.

SEPTA provided several buses to give residents a cool place to stay on a hot and humid evening while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, officials said.

In total, seven people needed medical treatment - four civilians and three police officers suffered from smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. Residents were allowed to return to the building later in the evening.

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