Man Scales Down Outside of Building to Escape Fire in Philadelphia

Man Scales Down Outside of Building to Escape Fire in Philadelphia

The fire started around 21:30 in the 4400 block street Holden.

The amount of damage from the reported fire was not immediately clear, though according to CBS Philly, three police officers and two other people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. The fire was out at about 11:15 p.m.

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. He's within one floor of the ground within about three minutes.

The man, who has not been identified, was met with police and firefighters on the ground.

In this image, firefighters battle a fire that destroyed a seven-story apartment building under construction in Los Angeles, Dec. 8, 2014. The man who scaled down the building was reportedly uninjured.

There have been no reports of serious injuries or deaths yet.

The building, part of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, houses families and older adults. It started in the trash room on the first floor. However, they discovered that the fire, itself, had only been isolated to the building's garbage chute. The fire took place in the trash shoot and released smoke on all 19 floors of the building.

There did not appear to be any significant smoke or flames at the time.

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