NYC firefighters rescue window washers in distress at Hearst skyscraper

Scaffolding collapsed at the Hearst Building in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday, leaving a window washer stuck high up in the skyscraper. CBS News

Updated 5:19 p.m. ET

The New York Fire Department rescued two window washers stuck hovering at the 44th floor of a Midtown Manhattan high rise, CBS New York station WCBS-TV reports.

During the 90-minute ordeal, the window washers were suspended toward the top of the 46-story Hearst Building on 57th Street and 8th Avenue after scaffolding buckled at the middle Wednesday afternoon.

Rescuers cut a hole in the window parallel to the scaffold to reach the men, WCBS reports. In a press conference after the rescue, fire officials said this was the safest way to rescue them.

Fire officials said the men were very calm the entire time. The fire fighters were also very calm. "As far as heights go ... we're used to it," one firefighter said. There were no injuries.

The two men -- one in his 20s, the other estimated to be in his 40s -- thanked the firefighters when they made it into the building and said they would go call their families.

The Hearst Building is famous for its unusual triangular framing pattern.

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