A Chicago firefighter trapped on top of a burning building while battling a blaze Friday saved himself by leaping to an adjacent rooftop, dramatic video shows.
The footage, captured by WGN-TV, shows the fireman jumping to safety after being stranded atop a residential building fully engulfed in flames and dark smoke in the city’s Bridgeport section.
The extra-alarm blaze broke out about 7 a.m. in the 2700 block of South Lowe Avenue as power lines in the neighborhood were catching fire, the station reported.
Firefighters were spotted coming down a ladder from the building’s rooftop as the news station’s helicopter arrived above the massive blaze. Footage then captured the smoke-eater jumping from the burning building’s rooftop to escape flames.
The leaping firefighter landed on an adjacent rooftop that was covered in snow. He then walked down a spiral staircase to safety, WGN-TV reported.
Six firefighters were hurt in the blaze and taken to a hospital, but “all are doing well,” Chicago fire officials said.
“At least one member jumped from the building,” department officials tweeted. “Cause of fire under investigation.”
The blaze had spread to at least one other home after starting in the building, a police spokesman told the Chicago Tribune.