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Window washer rescued after broken rope leaves him hanging

August 20, 2019 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — Equipment failure left a window washer dangling outside a Chicago apartment building.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says the window washer was left hanging from scaffolding Tuesday when one of the ropes he was fastened to snapped, causing him to fall from the 54th floor to the 52nd floor.

Langford says the 30-year-old man’s scaffolding couldn’t move up or down, so firefighters first broke out a window and tried to pull him through it. When it was determined the man couldn’t fit through the opening, firefighters secured him rope and pulled him onto the roof of the building.


Battalion Chief Brian McArdle said about 20 firefighters worked to rescue the man as heavy rains accompanied by lightning developed overhead, slowing the rescue effort.