This is pretty amazing:
A man was rescued from the fifth floor of his burning Washington Heights apartment building Monday by a couple of helpful people with a ladder.
The rescue, captured on video, shows several building workers stretching a ladder across a fire escape into a window one floor down from where a man was dangling from a burning apartment’s window on 172nd Street.
Witnesses said the man appeared desperate enough to jump.
“Everybody was saying to him, ‘don’t jump, don’t jump, wait, wait,'” said witness Freddy Morales.
Once the men stretched the ladder across the gap, one of the rescuers walked across the ladder and pulled the man down to safety, video shows.