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Window washers rescued from 17th floor

NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Norfolk, Va., said they rescued a pair of window washers who were stranded outside the 17th floor of a building.

Norfolk Battalion Chief Harry Worley said firefighters were called about 11 a.m. EST Wednesday when a motor on the scaffold being used by the washers burned out, stranding them 15 to 25 feet beneath the roof line of the BB&T building, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday.

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Worley said firefighters specializing in technical, high-angle rescues lowered a firefighter to the platform and fastened safety harnesses to the window washers. They were both pulled to the rooftop by 11:40 a.m., Worley said.

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