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New York firefighters rescued three people who were hanging from a window in the middle of the fire

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New York firefighters rescued three people who were hanging from a window in the middle of the fire

In a heroic act by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), three people were rescued from a fire in a Harlem building, proving once again why they are known as the bravest in the Big Apple. The dramatic rescue was captured on video, where the agents can be seen performing an unusual maneuver, putting themselves at personal risk to save lives.

According to NBC News, the fire broke out yesterday on the third floor of a six-story building on St. Nicholas Place around 2:15 p.m. and spread quickly, preventing residents on the upper floors from gaining access to the hallway and, therefore, to the emergency exits.

Unable to escape, three residents were forced to look out the window, discovering that there was no fire escape to which they could resort. A man was seen hanging from a fifth-floor window, with smoke billowing from beneath him, moments before New York firefighters could reach him.

Facing difficulties in reaching trapped citizens, firefighters decided to implement an unusual rescue method known as “the evolution of rope rescue,” a technique that, although practiced twice a week, is typically only used once or twice a year by the FDNY.

FDNY Chief of Operations John Hodgens explained the procedure in a press conference: “Our members hold on to a rope and then another member slides down the rope to go down the side of the building, reach the window and rescue the person trapped by the fire.” In this particular case, three firefighters performed this maneuver three times during the same fire, an action Hodgens called “very heroic.”

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The three rescued people were taken to the hospital in critical condition, along with two other victims. Sadly, one of the five, a 27-year-old man, was pronounced deceased in the hospital. Four more are hospitalized but in stable condition, and a total of eighteen people were treated for injuries.

The fire presented significant challenges for firefighters, given the rapidity with which the fire spread, a situation exacerbated by an open door that facilitated the spread of smoke and fire. Amar Bhatia, a third-floor resident, recounted how he heard his neighbors’ cries for help in the smoke-filled hallway but found himself unable to help.

Despite the intensity of the fire, which even prevented firefighters from accessing the fourth floor initially, they managed to extinguish some flames and enter the building, where they found three unconscious victims in the upper hallways and three hanging from the windows.

The firefighters, once again, demonstrated their dedication and bravery, as cited by firefighter Jason Lopez, who highlighted the importance of continuous training: “We always train as if it were the real case. So when a real case happens, we know what to do.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, as the community recovers from the event, remembering the bravery of those who risked their lives to save the lives of others.

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