Firefighters rescue man from burning Homewood building

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PITTSBURGH —

Firefighters rescued a man from a burning apartment building in Homewood Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials said they arrived to find the bottom door of the building on Frankstown Avenue dead-bolted so they used a ladder to enter the building through a second story balcony.

Channel 11's Vince Sims spoke to firefighters who said they noticed a man's leg when they got up on the second floor and pulled him out on a balcony.

Officials said the unconscious man was given oxygen and he eventually regained consciousness.

“They grabbed the guy, dragged him onto the balcony out of harm’s way and went in and attacked the fire,” Pittsburgh Fire Chief Tim Kopicko said.

The man climbed down the ladder to safety and was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

"That's one of our duties, to rescue people, and we had the chance to do that. Everyone's proud of the job they did," firefighter Lt. Patrick Shaw said.