A man shocked onlookers, after he climbed a 19-storey building in the suburb of West Powelton, Philadelphia, to save his bedridden mother from fire.
The dramatic scene came, after a fire which is thought to have started in a rubbish chute, broke out at around 9.30pm on Thursday. The blaze was however under control by 10.56pm.
“SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) buses were on location and we put some of the evacuees on the buses where the air conditioning was on in the buses so SEPTA helped us out,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
“There was a recreation centre in a nearby building that had air conditioning to house individuals that were temporarily evacuated.”