Elderly man caught by strangers after leap from burning building

THE BRONX - A community catch was caught on camera as an elderly man made a leap of faith from his burning apartment into the waiting arms of strangers.

Ronnie Poe, 72, says he miraculously suffered only a bruised heel after tumbling three stories from his Walton Avenue home Thursday afternoon. He says his kitchen caught fire, blocking the front door.

Poe says he first started yelling for help from his bedroom window, but then climbed outside and hung from the ledge while a group of three men and two women gathered below and encouraged him to jump.

Officials say the flames were contained to Poe's apartment, and no one was seriously injured in the fire or the dramatic rescue.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

New legislation passed by the City Council will 1 Word on the Street: Bedbugs
A man, seen on surveillance video, fired several 2 Police: Man sought in connection with Pugsley Ave. shooting
3 Rangers riding 3-game winning steak into 2nd round of playoffs
4 Rangers riding 3-game winning steak into 2nd round of playoffs
The hope is that all 22,000 patrol officers 5 NYPD patrol officers begin wearing body cameras

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE