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Firefighters Rescue Workers Dangling From Scaffold On Downtown High-Rise

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Firefighters rescued two men from a window-washing ledge that tipped on the side of the Garland Building downtown. (Credit: Greg Davis/WBBM Newrsadio/CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Firefighters made a daring rescue high above the Loop Thursday morning, as two workmen nearly fell off their scaffolding at a high-rise office building downtown.

The two workmen were on a window-washing platform on the 16th floor of the Garland Building, at 50 E. Washington St. across Garland Court from the Chicago Cultural Center.

Something went wrong, and they were left dangling.

But firefighters quickly rushed in to help.

“Apparently one of the motors did not stop when they came to the floor that they wanted to work on. Fortunately, they were close to a window, and we were able to secure our firefighters and get them through a window,” said Chicago Fire Battalion Chief Steve Little.

Both men were successfully pulled through the window, and no one was hurt.