Video shows man climbing down a high-rise to escape a fire

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2019

And so a man grasped the side of a 19-story high-rise that had caught fire in Philadelphia on Thursday and started descending.

Smoke made its way to all 19 floors when authorities arrived.

Video shows him grappling down the balconies and railings of several floors until he got to the ground level, where anxious authorities jumped in to lend a hand. The man executes the death-defying descent so efficiently that it nearly seems as though he possesses Spider-Man's handy wall-crawling ability.

According to WTHR, the fire began in the highrise's trash chute. Firefighters flooded the third-floor trash chute and with an abundance of caution also flooded the trash chute on floor 15, WPVI reports.

Some residents are reportedly unaccounted after the incident.

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Firefighters say four residents and three police officers suffered injuries in the fire which was put out within 90 minutes of the call.

Philadelphia Fire Assistant Chief Harry Bannan told ABC that, "We did make some forcible entry on some units".

Residents were evacuated, but they were all able to return home later that evening.

Injured residents and officers were treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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