A naked man was plucked from a building ledge by firefighters Tuesday morning as ferocious flames engulfed his Brooklyn apartment, terrifying video shows.
The vicious blaze broke out in the kitchen of a top-floor apartment at the four-story building at 439 16th St. in the South Slope just before 6:30 a.m., according to fire officials.
FDNY Deputy Assistant John Sarrocco said the flames trapped a man in his 20s in the apartment, which an onlooker described as having bars on its windows, blocking his escape.
“The guy was screaming, ‘Help, help, help!’ He couldn’t get out,” said the witness, a woman who videotaped the dramatic rescue.
Sarrocco added, “He had no way out of the building.
“The fire had cut his path off from the street.”
So the man in the buff made his way to an adjacent apartment, and firefighters shimmied to a window there to reach him, according to the witness and Sarrocco.
“He got out the window next-door where there is no fire escape. He was on the ledge” the woman said in the video.
The nude man then wrapped his arms around a smoke-eater before the pair slowly descended the building with only a rope holding them in place.
The man was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, the FDNY said.
The heroic firefighter who saved him, Patrick Gale, later said he was “just doing my job.
“I was just telling him we were there and we were coming to get him, to just hang on a couple of seconds and I was going to grab him,” firefighter Gale told reporters.
He said the victim was “very grateful” and thankful after the rescue.
“Man, these guys are amazing,” the video-taker said as multiple firefighters broke into windows after the harrowing rescue.
“I can’t believe it. Serious heroes here.”
The fire was under control shortly before 7:30 a.m., and the blaze is under investigation, according to the FDNY.