Philadelphia Man Scales Down 19-Story Apartment Building to Escape Fire

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

By the time firefighters arrived, they said light smoke was detected on all 19 of the tower's floors.

With seemingly no fear for heights, the man methodically worked his way down the building while a chopper in the sky flashed a spotlight on him to make the unsafe task easier.

That's when NBC Philadelphia's helicopter pilot spotted the man making his move. The outlet reports that police officers greeted him at the ground before he walked away unhurt.

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

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It was reported that many apartment dwellers with mobility issues were carried out.

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

Hundreds of people were evacuated and four people inside had to be treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The fire department responded to an apartment fire, and when they got there, they saw a man climbing down the outside of the building to escape.

Residents were able to return to the building later that night, according to the AP.

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