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Pennsylvania to become latest state offering gender-neutral IDs

PHILADELPHIA – Last spring, Deter Rose walked into a Philadelphia Driver, and Photo License Center with a “Request for Gender Change” form. Handwritten on the form was a box with the single letter “X” scribbled in under gender.

Rose, a social worker, identifies as a trans-non-binary individual, who prefers gender-neutral pronouns like “they/them/their” and for years felt uncomfortable choosing between the male and female option on the state ID form.

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Dexter Rose, is a Gender Affirming Services Specialist with the Mazzoni Center. (Fox News / Talia Kirkland)

“It didn’t feel very affirming to have to draw in the box, and then not know if PennDOT [Pennsylvania Department of Transportation] would honor the form,” said Rose, “the whole process was scary.”

Nearly one year later, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is expected to change its policy and drivers in the state will have three options when it comes to identifying themselves on their driver’s licenses and state IDs: male, female, and X.

Rose said the change is a big step forward, and a victory for members of the LGBTQ community.

“This change will give people access, and that’s important,” said Rose.

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According to Alexis Campbell, a spokesperson for PennDOT the change comes in  response to a growing number of residents asking for gender-neutral ID options and “national trends.”

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“PennDOT is glad to offer a license that is inclusive of everybody and can accurately reflect who they are,” said Campbell.

Pennsylvania is part of a growing number of states that are allowing ID holders to choose their gender, or no gender, no matter what their birth certificate says.

Three years ago, no one in the U.S. was legally recognized as neither male or female. Today, seven states and Washington D.C. allow people to change their gender without a doctor’s signature, and 13 states have a policy in place allowing drivers to obtain a gender-neutral marker on their driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Most recently, New Hampshire passed a law creating a gender-neutral option for driver’s licenses, which will take effect in January. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu allowed the bill to become law without his signature on July 10. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation believes it can make the change without action by the General Assembly, said Campbell.

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But there has been pushback by some conservative groups that say the change is impractical and ripe for abuse.

In Pennsylvania, the socially conservative Pennsylvania Family Institute said identification documents are legal documents, which should reflect objective facts, like biological sex. The group also objected to the fact that no documentation would be needed to prove gender identity.

“Proponents of the legislation provide no answers to the many practical questions it raises,” said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, in a statement. “If our state starts discarding biological sex from our identity documents, it will impact law enforcement, insurances, and medical care.”

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Republican lawmakers echoed those concerns.

“It’s an unnecessary change,” said Pennsylvania Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer County. He said removing a gender marker on IDs could make it more difficult for police to relay identifying information.

State Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-Northumberland County, said an immediate concern would be whether the change would create problems in complying with the federal REAL ID requirements.

But PennDOT officials assured drivers this is a change that is long overdue.

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A National Center for Transgender Equality survey released in 2016, which included 28,000 transgender respondents, found 69 percent of Pennsylvanians in the survey said their IDs listed a gender that did not reflect their gender identity.

Of the Pennsylvanians who participated in the survey, 30 percent said they’d been verbally harassed, denied service or assaulted after they provided an ID that did not reflect the gender with which they identified.

“Everyone deserves to have something in their pocket that accurately shows who they are,” said Campbell.

Rose agreed.

“It feels good to have identification the reflects who really am,” Rose said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said, by spring 2020, motorist in the state who don’t want to disclose their gender will be able to place an “X” on their driver’s licenses instead of identifying themselves as male or female.

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Trump campaign adviser pressed on ‘America’s Newsroom’ on Biden’s big lead in Pennsylvania

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Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp faced questions Tuesday on “America’s Newsroom” about how President Trump plans to bolster his support in Pennsylvania, especially against current Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden.

Ahead of a visit to the western part of the state by Trump, anchor Sandra Smith asked Schlapp about the RealClearPolitics polling average, which shows Biden ahead of the president by 10.5 points in Pennsylvania.

“What’s the president’s message? How does he close that gap?” Smith asked.

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Schlapp downplayed the importance of the hypothetical matchup polls, arguing Trump remains in a “winning position” in the Keystone State and said the numbers will improve once the Democrats settle on a candidate.

“He has a positive record to run on, that of sustainable economic growth impacting these communities,” she said.

Trump was headed to Monaca, about 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday to tour Shell’s soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. The facility, which critics claim will become the largest air polluter in western Pennsylvania, is being built in an area hungry for investment.

The focus is part of a continued push by the Trump administration to increase the economy’s dependence on fossil fuels in defiance of increasingly urgent warnings about climate change. And it’s an embrace of plastic at a time when the world is sounding alarms over its ubiquity and impact.

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Trump’s appeal to blue-collar workers helped him win Beaver County, where the plant is located, by more than 18 percentage points in 2016, only to have voters turn to Democrats in 2018′s midterm elections.

Schlapp later highlighted the recent string of gaffes on the campaign trail by Biden in Iowa, saying the former vice president “can’t remember basic facts” and is in a “weakened position” in the race.

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She expressed confidence in Trump being able to run against the Democrats’ “extreme policies,” arguing the party is in “disarray.”

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Biden raised eyebrows in recent days by mistakenly saying he was vice president at the time of the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

The misstatement came just days after Biden said “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids” and declared that he supports “truth over facts,” all of which prompted a response from his campaign.

“Joe Biden has spoken his mind his entire life, which voters know and love about him. He’s a real person, he’s authentic and that will never change,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communications director and deputy campaign manager, told The New York Times.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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Firefighter loses 3 children in Pennsylvania blaze as he responds to another call

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Three of the five youngsters killed in a Sunday-morning fire at a Pennsylvania day care center were the children of a volunteer firefighter who was responding to another call several blocks away.

The firefighter, Luther Jones, was with the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department handing other calls while the neighboring Erie Fire Department battled the deadly flames at the Harris Family Day Care.

His children — two daughters, one son — were among those killed. Jones dropped them off at the center before going to work and had no idea about the fire there. His department was responding to a false alarm at the time.

Erie firefighters responded to the blaze in the three-story building around 1 a.m. amid reports of children trapped inside.

The victims, who have not been officially ID’d, ranged from 8 months to 8 years old, authorities said.

Two other children, 17 and 12, climbing on the roof and jumped to the ground. Other children were rescued by firefighters.

Jones has been a volunteer firefighter for 15 years and has been with the Lawrence Park department for about a year, Lawrence Park Fire Chief Joe Crotty told Fox News.

“Just an outstanding young man,” Crotty said.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined. Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told The Erie Times-News that a smoke detector was found in the attic.

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Day care owner Elaine Harris was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The state Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning listed the day care as in compliance with requirements following a Dec. 28, 2018, inspection. But a Jan. 3 inspection note highlighted “ashes and cigarette or cigar butts” in “a child care space, play space or food preparation area.”

Freelance reporter David Aaro contributed to this report. 

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Philadelphia mom accused in machete attack on 3-year-old daughter

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Philidelphia woman was taken into police custody Sunday night after her 3-year-old daughter was slashed with a machete, according to multiple media reports.

Philadelphia police found the child with slash wounds to her head, shoulder and knee just before 8:30 p.m. inside a home in the city’s Olney neighborhood.

The girl was rushed to the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and was listed in critical condition, Fox 29 reported.

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Investigators did not reveal a possible motive for the alleged attack.

The unidentified mother was taken into custody on aggravated assault charges.

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Hungry Pennsylvania snake rescued after swallowing ‘almost half’ of own body, video shows

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A snake in Pennsylvania was caught performing the circle of life — on itself.

Jesse Rothacker, of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Elm, said he walked in on a kingsnake at the facility after it had “swallowed almost half of his body” on Friday.

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Rothacker posted a video to the sanctuary’s Facebook page, saying that kingsnakes often prey on other snakes, including venomous copperheads and rattlesnakes. He explained that the reptile ended up in such dire straits after mistaking its bottom half for another snake.

“They will sometimes see their own tail, they’ll think it’s a snake, they’ll take a bite out of it, and they’ll realize they’ve bit themselves,” Rothacker said. “They don’t usually swallow themselves. But today, we’re going to see a kingsnake that, I don’t know, might not have done very well on the SATs.”

Rothacker first tried to get the snake to release itself by tapping it on its nose, which can make the serpents nervous and unhinge their jaws.

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When the kingsnake refused to let go, Rothacker was forced to use his fingernail to pry the fangs loose and pull the snake from its own mouth.

Rothacker said the snake was normally a very good eater, assuring viewers he regularly fed the reptile.

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The sanctuary later shared on Facebook that the kingsnake was chowing down on a real meal: “miceicles,” posting of photo of what appeared to be a frozen mouse clasped in the hungry serpent’s jaws.

Rothacker said the snake was being adopted Sunday.

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As federal government restores capital punishment, Pennsylvania pushes to end it

PHILADELPHIA — Vicki Schieber is a mother on a mission: her 23-year-old daughter, Shannon, was brutally murdered in her brownstone apartment by a serial rapist in 1998 while attending the University of Pennsylvania.

But she has spent the past two decades trying to keep her daughter’s killer alive.

Schieber, 75, has become a fierce advocate to abolish the death penalty. She said many told her she should push for her daughter’s killer to be executed — but she found that cruel and inhumane. So she embarked on a crusade to end capital punishment.

“We didn’t want to put him to death,” said Schieber, “It wasn’t going to help us heal.”

Instead, the Schieber’s, Vicki and Sylvester, 73, made a promise.

“We won’t rest until the death penalty is abolished in the state Shannon was born [Maryland], and that state she died [Pennsylvania].”

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Vicki Schieber shares the story of her daughter, Shannon’s murder. (Fox News / Talia Kirkland)

Pennsylvania recently became the latest state pushing to abolish the death penalty. New Hampshire abolished the death penalty this year, making it the 21st state to formally abandon capital punishment. In California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, the death penalty remains effectively frozen by a governor or court-issued moratorium.

But this puts these states at odd with the federal government. Just last week, the Trump administration announced plans to resume executing federal prisoners awaiting the death penalty — ending a 16-year moratorium on the practice. Many supporters said the move was necessary, citing that delays in carrying out death sentences are unfair to the relatives of victims.

Shannon’s story

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Shannon and her younger brother Sean Schieber sitting in their childhood home in Maryland. (Provided to Fox News)

Shannon Schieber was president of her 1992 high school graduating class. She finished Duke University in just three years with a triple major in philosophy, economics, and math. She was brilliant and compassionate, her mother said.

But when forced with the difficult decision to persue the death penalty in retaliation for her daughter’s murder, she declined. Maryland ended capital publishment in 2013 and she is now urging Pennsylvania to do the same.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner also vows to try to end the death penalty in the state.

Earlier this month, Krasner asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to declare the state’s death penalty system unconstitutional; citing a study conducted by his office that revealed 72 percent of Philadelphia death sentences were overturned during post-conviction review between 1978 and 2017, most due to ineffective legal representation.

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His declaration against the death penalty comes after a bipartisan report released by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly Joint State Government Commission condemned the practice citing that the death penalty was applied unevenly across the commonwealth, affected by factors like race and county.

“It is a broken system,” said Marc Bookman, co-director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation. “You cannot say a system works when we have people serving any amount of time on death row, that are innocent, that in itself is an incredible injustice.”

Bookman, who worked in the homicide unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia before beginning the non-profit, said he saw too many defendants sentenced to death row due to low resourced counsel.

“Quality of counsel and resources should not determine who receives death sentences and who does not,” said Bookman, “that’s just not what our founding fathers intended.”

However, the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association (PDAA) released a statement supporting the death penalty. The group said the practice not only meets constitutional standards by appropriately channeling the discretion of prosecutors and sentencing authorities but also is only executed when the facts of a case meet the narrowest requirements by law.

“If a crime is so hideous that it calls for the death penalty, it should be available,” said Francis Chardo, the district attorney of Dolphin County.

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“The appeals process is a long one, we have safeguards put into place because this is a very severe, and irreversible penalty,” said Chardo, “but at some point, there has to be finality to the system.”

“All murders are not the same,” says Chardo. “[Capital punishment] it’s reserved for premeditated first-degree murder cases where there are aggravated circumstances that warrant such a decision.”

Supreme Court could decide

Krasner is requesting the high court to invoke its King’s Bench power to address systemic problems in the state’s death penalty and to “hold that the death penalty, as it has been applied, violates the Pennsylvania Constitution’s ban on cruel punishments.”

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on the matter in September.

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If the death penalty in Pennsylvania is struck down, Schieber says her days as an advocate could come to an end.

“I can finally go home,” said Schieber, “and tell my daughter we did it, we got rid of the death penalty in Pennsylvania.”

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Swing-state households would lose at least $70G within first year of Green New Deal, study finds

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Radically transforming energy consumption under the “Green New Deal” (GND) would cost the average household at least $70,000 in the first year of its rollout, and a cool quarter-million dollars total after five years, a new study concluded.

The study, released by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) on Tuesday, looked at a wide swath of data to estimate how transforming the energy sector — which includes de-carbonizing transportation and retrofitting U.S. commercial and residential buildings — would affect the average household in five representative states.

Within the first year of implementing the program, the average household in each of the given states (Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania) would incur at least $70,000 in expenses — followed by roughly $45,000 in annual expenses for each of the following 2-5 years and over $37,000 after that time frame.

Their estimates came on the same day as the Democrats’ second primary debate, which included leading progressive candidates who not only have endorsed the GND, but who also sought public support from its visionary, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. A slew of other candidates — including the party’s frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden — have endorsed the basics of the project. Three congressional Democrats introduced a carbon tax bill last week that similarly would seek a drastic reduction in emissions.

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While it’s early in the primary season, candidates will be competing soon for voters in some of the states modeled by the institute. For example, the study found that the battleground state of Pennsylvania would face over $2 quadrillion in costs for upgrading residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Florida would encounter a $1.4 quadrillion price tag and New Hampshire, one of the first primary states, would face $102.8 trillion in retrofitting costs.

The two others saw costs that were much higher than even the national debt — $352.8 trillion for New Mexico and $533.4 trillion for Alaska.

Ocasio-Cortez has downplayed cost concerns and mocked conservatives whom she argued were like Dr. Evil, demanding outlandish ransoms in the “Austin Powers” movies. But a host of studies — albeit, mostly from right-leaning organizations — have found that the Green New Deal’s costs would be astronomical.

Biden and some other 2020 Democrats, meanwhile, have endorsed its “framework” — yielding environmental proposals that would cost much less but still reach figures like $1.7 trillion over 10 years.

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Like other studies of the Green New Deal, CEI’s cautioned that its findings likely underestimated the program’s actual costs.

“Most provisions of the GND are so broad and open-ended that the list of potential programs necessary to implement the program is limited by the capacity of legislators to imagine a new government program,” authors Daniel Turner and Kent Lassman wrote. “Therefore, it is impossible to calculate the whole or maximum cost of the GND. However, other parts of the GND are more precise, sufficiently so that an approximate minimum cost estimate is available.”

Both CEI and the Heritage Foundation found that the Green New Deal’s energy goals alone would cost households hefty and likely impractical sums. When the American Action Forum (AAF), led by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, looked at the GND, it accounted for several other goals with primarily economic aims (“universal health care” and “guaranteed jobs”). It found that the program could cost as much as $94 trillion.

That figure is likely much lower than CEI’s total calculations because AAF appeared to focus on household retrofitting rather than adding it to more costly changes for commercial and industrial buildings. CEI’s study also provided perhaps one of the more detailed reports in that it broke down how households would accumulate their eyepopping expenditures.

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Just transitioning to electric vehicles and building a high-speed rail would cost the average household at least $20,000 in each of the states analyzed. Shipping cost increases ranged from $181 to $308 annually while the costs for an electrical grid ranged from $22,773 in New Hampshire to $52,796 in Alaska.

Despite its support among 2020 Democrats, the Green New Deal has faced dismal political prospects. Not only is the Senate dominated by Republicans, but the chamber also defeated a measure to bring her resolution to a floor vote. Democrats called it a “sham” move.

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The legislation also has faced intense criticism from President Trump — nearly guaranteeing a veto — and Republicans in both chambers of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has dubbed himself the “grim reaper” of socialism, an apparent response to proposals including the Green New Deal.

In the House, the Republican Study Committee pushed a resolution that declared the proposal a “thinly veiled” attempt to usher in a socialist society and would violate the nation’s core principles

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Pennsylvania officials ask for help to nab bald eagle killer

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Pennsylvania game officials are searching for whoever is responsible for the shooting death of a bald eagle whose remains were found Thursday.

In a Facebook post on Friday, the state Game Commission said the mature bird was found near the Hope Cemetery in Elk Creek Township, about 20 miles southwest of Erie. The commission is asking the public for help in catching the gunman.

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The incident is the second involving a bald eagle this month.

Authorities in Long Island, N.Y., are offering a $20,000 reward for the return of a bald eagle that was kidnapped July 16 from a wildlife refuge.

Surveillance footage appears to show someone arriving at the refuge in the early morning hours and leaving with a “satchel or bag” in his hand.

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Earlier this year, seven bald eagles were fatally poisoned in Maryland. Officials believe their deaths were collateral damage from an attempt to poison so-called “nuisance animals” like raccoons and foxes. Three years ago, in 2016, 13 bald eagles were found dead at a Maryland farm.

The iconic American bird was on the federal endangered species list for several decades but was removed in 2007 as its numbers increased. However, the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act makes it a federal crime to kill a bald eagle.

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Man accused of killing daughter’s teen boyfriend after suspecting him of selling her drugs: police

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with killing his daughter’s 17-year-old boyfriend, suspecting him of being her drug dealer, police said.

New Castle Police say the victim, Darren Jevcak, of Lawrence County, Pa., was by all accounts a “good kid,” KDKA-TV reports.

He was working at a pizza shop Friday when he was shot multiple times, according to police. His girlfriend’s father, Michael D’Biagio, 41, of Beaver Falls, was arrested at the scene and charged with the shooting.

“The dad suspected they were using drugs, I believe, with a group of friends and then he stated he came up here to talk to him,” Police Chief Robert Salem said, according to the station. “He didn’t talk to him, he starting shooting as soon as he came out of the place of employment.”

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Mugshot, left, for Michael D’Biagio, 41, charged in Pennsylvania with gunning down his daughter’s boyfriend, Darren Jevcak, 17, after suspecting him of being her drug dealer  (New Castle Police Department/Facebook)

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D’Biagio drove to the pizza shop after confronting his daughter on the phone about using cocaine with Jevcak, said a criminal complaint obtained by a reporter for the New Castle News and posted on Twitter.

“D’Biagio said he shot (Jevcak) in the head so that he could put Jevcak out of his misery because Jevcak looked to be in shock,” Sgt. Sheila Panella said, according to the document.

She alleged further that a witness informed her that “D’Biagio said the victim got D’Biagio’s daughter hooked on cocaine and so this is what drug dealers got.”

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Ashley Altemus said on Facebook Saturday that her son didn’t deserve to be killed.

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“All he did was love a girl who had a psychotic father,” she said.

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SEE IT: Philadelphia man escapes fire by scaling at least 14 stories down side of high-rise

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A man escaped a fire in Philadelphia on Thursday night by scaling least 14 stories down a side of an apartment building, reports said.

Fire crews responded around 9:30 p.m. to reports that smoke was seen coming from the upper floors of a 19-story high-rise in West Philadelphia.

Officials said the fire originated in the trash chute on the first floor and traveled upward, causing heavy smoke to pour into the hallways on the top floors, Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV reported.

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WPVI-TV’s chopper camera captured video of a man climbing down story by story on the outside of the building until finally reaching the ground.  The man was able to make his at least 14-story descent in less than three minutes, WCAU-TV, whose SkyForce 10 chopper also shot the scene, reported.

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An unknown number of residents were taken away in ambulances. At least four residents and at least three police officers were treated for smoke inhalation, WPVI-TV reported. It was unclear as of Thursday evening if anyone died in the fire or if anyone suffered more serious injuries.

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