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a man stuck on his balcony, “help me, I can’t leave!”


A fire broke out on Monday around 8 pm in an apartment above a restaurant in Kortrijk. A man who was present in the building found himself trapped. Unable to get down because of the flames, the latter took refuge on his balcony, where he called for help. “Help me, I can’t leave!” he shouted loudly.

Bystanders tried to help him with a ladder, but it was too short, HLN said. “A few men were also climbing one by one but there was no way to reach the man on the balcony. The police were also discouraged. Fortunately, we quickly heard the sirens of the fire brigade, “said the hairdresser on the street to our Flemish colleagues.

Eventually, the victim was rescued by firefighters, who extinguished the fire. The man was intoxicated by the smoke and therefore hospitalized. He escaped unhurt.

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