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Two women in Brooklyn, New York, were saved from a large house fire after hanging outside from their window until they were rescued, according to fire officials.
Firefighters rescued the two women from the fast-moving fire in the Brooklyn apartment building Monday morning. Emergency services also resurrected their injured dog.
The fire broke out around 6:45 a.m., sending flames five feet through the roof of the three floor brick building located on Rogers Avenue and Prospect Lefferts Garden.
The victims were trapped in an apartment on the top floor in flames and heavy smoke.
"As we arrived, we saw the two women at the window with dense black smoke behind their heads," firefighter Paul Fehling, who drove fire truck Ladder 113, the first unit on the scene, said.
"The two were hanging outside of the window," he said.
Fehling extended an aerial ladder from his truck to the window, climbed and guided the distressed women to safety.
"It's always nice to be able to help people," he said. "There was a huge fire just above them," he added.
The women were taken to Kings County Hospital, but were not seriously injured, authorities said. Two of the three family dogs are believed to have died in the fire.
However, a small white-haired dog was saved and even gives an oxygen mask to treat smoke inhalation by emergency services.
It took 100 firefighters more than an hour and 20 minutes, to bring the fire under control, authorities said.