Man rescued from third-story condo fire

Firefighters use ladder to reach stranded man

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:29:01 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 21 2013 12:38:14 PM CST

A man hanging out of a third-story condo and yelling for help was rescued after his apartment caught fire Monday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to the Spyglass Hill Condominiums in the 4200 block of Medical Drive at around 8 a.m.

Firefighters say the man had been sleeping when he woke to smoke and fire in the kitchen and realized he was trapped inside.

"He couldn't make it out because the kitchen fire was blocking the exit way through the living area so he went to his window and hung out and started yelling for help," said SAFD Battalion Chief Ron Rodriguez.

"The guy was hanging out of the window but he was disoriented and he couldn't get out," said Steve Sanchez, the property manager. "He was yelling for help and another guy over here ran over with a ladder but it wasn't long enough so he was trying to get out of there. He was panicked."

Firefighters used a ladder to pull the man to safety. He was transported to University Hospital.

"He was able to walk, he was conscious, (and) they walked him to the ambulance," said Rodriguez.

Firefighters were quick to arrive at the scene and contained the fire to a single unit.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.

Firefighters were trying to determine if the fire was electrical or started by food left on the stove. The cause is under investigation.