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Man scales down the side of a building as it catches fire

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Patty Aguilar | 19 July, 2019, 22:43

The fire department responded to the fire - which was believed to have started in a trash compactor - around 9:30 p.m, according to WPVI.

Shocking video from the scene of a fire in Philadelphia shows a man scaling down a building to escape the burned structure.

A man is seen climbing down a 19-story high-rise during a fire Thursday night in Philadelphia. All residents were able to escape the building, with some who have mobility issues being carried out by other residents.

First responders said the fire had originated in the trash chute from the third floor down.

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The firefighters had the blaze under control in about an hour.

"We did make some forcible entry on some units", said Philadelphia Fire Assistant Chief Harry Bannan. SEPTA provided buses to take residents to a cool place while firefighters worked at the building.

But rather than wait to be rescued, one now unidentified man made a decision to take matters into his own hands, climbing out of a window and descending down the side of the building using the chain-link fence cladding covering the tower's balconies as a make-shift ladder. It wasn't clear if any had to be hospitalized.

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