New York, NY (CBS) - Some New York City residents, in the right place at the right time, saved a man's life as fire raged inside his apartment in the Washington Heights neighborhood.
Cell phone video captured the rescue. The man in the red, trapped on the fifth floor, was literally dangling out of the window. His neighbors frantically worked together to save him.
Roscindo Lopez, the super of the building next door, heard the man's desperate cries. Lopez, along with a neighbor rushed over, quickly jumping into action.
Cell phone video shows without hesitation, you can see one of the rescuers, in the blue shirt, dangerously climbing over the railing trying to reach the man.
But that's when the man climbs out of his apartment, clinging to the side of the building as thick, black smoke pours out of the window.
The quick thinking men used Lopez's ladder, turning it sideways and created a make shift platform between the fire escape and burning apartment.
Just as the men make it safely back across the ladder, firefighters arrive.
And even after this dramatic rescue, risking their own safety to save a stranger, Lopez and Portillo humbly say they are not heroes.