Boy, 9, left stranded on air conditioner 80ft above ground after climbing from flat window to escape fire


A BOY was left stranded on an air conditioner 80ft above the ground after he climbed from a window to escape a fire.

Firefighters scrambled to the apartment in Samara, Russia as Denis, nine, screamed “Mama, mama help me!”

 Denis can be seen perched on an air conditioning unit as a fire ripped through his apartment block

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Denis can be seen perched on an air conditioning unit as a fire ripped through his apartment block
 Denis managed to escape from a blazing inferno after climbing onto an external air conditioner 80ft above the ground

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Denis managed to escape from a blazing inferno after climbing onto an external air conditioner 80ft above the ground

Horrifying footage shows Denis crouching on top of the air conditioner, while fearfully peering at the ground below.

He held tightly to the window frame, but had also undergone training as a young climber – which may have saved him.

A resident of the block said: “His screams broke my heart.”

Eyewitness Anastasia said: “The boy was home alone. The fire was very strong, flames were coming outside from the balcony.

“The kid had nothing else to do but climb out of the window and crouch on the air conditioner.

“We feared that the air conditioner would break off and fall.”

HEARTBREAKING SCREAMS

As firefighters struggled to rescue the boy, the boy’s parents rushed home fearing the worst.

After he was rescued, he was taken to hospital and is now recovering from serious smoke poisoning.

Rescuer Evgeny Gulyaikin added: “We were in breathing apparatus because the apartment was heavy in smoke.

“The boy, of course, was in shock.

“And for us it was very worrying.”

An investigation into the cause is underway.

Local reports claim at least 31 people were evacuated from the apartment block.

And at least 67 firefighters were called to help extinguish the fire.

 Denis trains as a young climber, leaving officials to believe it gave him strength not to fall

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Denis trains as a young climber, leaving officials to believe it gave him strength not to fall
 Denis was home alone after school when the fire broke out

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Denis was home alone after school when the fire broke out
 Denis' mum Natalia was not home when the fire broke out, but escorted him to hospital and remains at his bedside

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Denis’ mum Natalia was not home when the fire broke out, but escorted him to hospital and remains at his bedside
 Denis, far left, with his parents Natalia and Oleg with younger brother

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Denis, far left, with his parents Natalia and Oleg with younger brother
 At least 67 firefighters were called to the scene, including Evgeny Gulyaikin who rescued the boy

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At least 67 firefighters were called to the scene, including Evgeny Gulyaikin who rescued the boy


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