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Rochester, N.Y. � Two Rochester Gas & Electric workers rescued a man from a fire on Weyl St. Wednesday afternoon.
Harold Mathis heard a loud noise and saw smoke just before 1 p.m. He tried to walk out of his second-floor apartment front door, but couldn�t see through the smoke. He tried to open a window, but it was stuck. He went out onto a porch and screamed for help.
Neighbors, who had already called 911, flagged down an RG&E van.
�I was hollering and screaming and when my neighbors saw me and heard me and they stopped the RG&E van with a ladder on it,� Mathis said. �He put the latter up and saved my life.�
�He looked like he wanted to jump because the smoke was still coming,� said RG&E worker Efrain DeJesus. �So me and Harry (Reese) went to the truck, got the ladder, put it up and brought him down. It was just instinct.�
Firefighters got to the scene soon after Mathis was rescued. The cause of the fire, which started on the first floor, is under investigation.