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NYC firefighter stages dramatic rescue in fatal blaze

Posted by on Oct. 27, 2016 at 10:58 AM
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NYC firefighter stages dramatic rescue in fatal blaze

Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 10:23 AM
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 7:03 AM
By: The Associated Press


NYC firefighter stages dramatic rescue in fatal blaze
FDNY firefighters work on rooftops in the aftermath of a fatal apartment building fire on the Upper East Side in New York, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The flames quickly spread throughout the building and, at one point, were shooting out the roof, sending burning embers onto nearby buildings. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

β€” As roaring flames consumed an apartment building in New York City early Thursday, a firefighter dangling from a rope plucked a trapped person from a window on the fifth floor and safely lowered him to the ground.

Firefighter Jim Lee told reporters at the scene that the rope that colleagues had used to drop him from the roof burned through just 15 seconds after he touched the earth.

"I told him to stay calm and when we got down, I said, 'I hope you enjoyed the ride,'" Lee said. "He sort of smiled and he was thankful."

The overnight blaze at the building on Manhattan's Upper East Side killed one person, officials said. Five tenants were injured, one seriously.

The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. in a building on East 93rd Street in the Yorkville neighborhood. Flames quickly spread throughout the building and, at one point, were shooting out the roof, sending burning embers onto nearby buildings.

Some residents of the burning building fled into the streets in their pajamas.

Officials don't yet know where the fire started. Seven firefighters were hurt during the response.

Firefighters had extinguished the blaze by early Thursday morning.
by on Oct. 27, 2016 at 10:58 AM
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Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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by Betsy on Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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by Betsy on Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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by Betsy on Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:12 AM
2 moms liked this

That's hot.

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Lol, clever.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

That's hot.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 27, 2016 at 12:15 PM

TFS!

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Oct. 27, 2016 at 12:16 PM
I've lived through an apt fire before this shit scares the hell out of me.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Oct. 27, 2016 at 12:29 PM
It's cool that the guy was saved but why the hell would they use ROPE in a fire!
Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Oct. 27, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Last option maybe?

Quoting Anonymous 4: It's cool that the guy was saved but why the hell would they use ROPE in a fire!


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