Firefighters have dramatically saved a man who was left hanging from the outside of a ninth-floor window after he allegedly set fire to his own flat.

 

Neighbours said the man doused petrol over the flat, in the city of Chelyabinsk in south-central Russia's Chelyabinsk Oblast region, and set it alight after a row with his wife.

 

But the flames spread so quickly that he could not reach the door and he ended up having to climb through the window to try to escape the flames.

 

Eyewitnesses photographed and videoed the scene as the middle-aged man was left hanging on to the window with his already burnt hands, and with his bare feet resting on a narrow ledge below.

 

Firefighters raced to the scene as huge flames and thick black smoke were seen pouring through the window and into the sky.

 

And, fortunately, they managed to get a ladder up to the window for the man to climb on to before he lost his grip and fell.

 

He climbed down the ladder as a fire officer climbed up to meet him and help him safely down to the ground.

 

Firefighters also rescued three children - a nine-year-old boy and two girls, aged eight and 10 - from neighbouring flats.

 

Residents of the block of flats helped the fire brigade by quickly raising the alarm and by moving their cars so fire engines could park close to the building.

 

Police are investigating neighbours' claims that the man deliberately started the fire after rowing with his wife.

 

Meanwhile, the fire service has launched its own inquiry to confirm the cause of the blaze.

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