Firemen rescue dangling window washers

/ Source: The Associated Press

Two window washers were rescued Thursday through a 10th-floor window after their scaffolding collapsed, leaving them dangling for about 40 minutes off a downtown building.

Neither was injured in the incident, which was broadcast nationally.

Both workers had been wearing safety harnesses attached to the roof of the 12-story building. One was able to stand on part of the scaffolding and the ledge while the other dangled precariously.

Firefighters broke a window and helped them through it.

As a precaution, firefighters placed an inflatable cushion on the street below.

City fire Capt. Carlos Calvillo said the department responds to such incidents a couple times a year.

“Sometimes they are easy, sometimes they are a little more difficult, like this one,” Calvillo said.