Tempe firefighters use unusual methods to rescue man from his burning home

A fire broke out at a home in Tempe Saturday afternoon, and it led to an unusual rescue after the man living there got trapped on his balcony.
Tempe firefighters sprang into action, using every tool at their disposal to rescue the man from his burning home.

The blaze broke out on Bayview Drive, and flames raced through the second story home.

The closest fire crew rushed to the scene, but the first fire engine to arrive on scene wasn't a ladder truck. And when crews arrived they saw a man trapped on the second floor balcony.

So firefighters looked around and found the homeowners ladder and used it to get the man down safely.
Fire crews eventually put out fire, but not before it damaged the second floor bedroom and attic. The homeowner though made it out without any injuries.

"The fire was significant at that point and it was into the patio door and going up into the attic space," said Mr. Levandowski with the Tempe Fire Department. "He was completely trapped unless he was going to jump off [the] balcony, but at that point we said don't jump, we have a ladder for you and effected the rescue."

Fire crews say the man became stuck on the balcony after trying to put the fire out himself with a fire extinguisher. Fire officials say you should only use a fire extinguisher for small flames.
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