an apparatus or structure used to escape from a burning building, as a metal stairway down an outside wall.
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How to use fire escape in a sentence
When I first started growing trees on my apartment fire escape in New York last year, I didn’t expect to mourn one of their deaths.
The fire escape was equally useless, bending under the weight of those fleeing for their lives.
Turn a fire escape into a temporary reading nook—because the set handily folds up, the pieces can be stored when not in use, ensuring spaces stay clear and safe during downtime.
We were already being over-surveilled in our building as is with 24, 24-7 HD recording cameras within every nook and cranny of these buildings except in our apartments and the fire escape stairs.Podcast: Facial recognition is quietly being used to control access to housing and social services | Tate Ryan-Mosley | December 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
I had to climb through a concrete hole and down a welded fire escape ladder to get into the store.
Tears streamed down his face as he left the stage, and for the next fifteen minutes he sat alone on a fire escape, weeping.
Black Hood raised his eyes to the second story, marked the window which was nearest the fire escape at this point.
Lamb got out there, found the built-in fire escape, and got down to fourteen.
I leaped and caught the bottom rung of a fire escape, pulled myself up until I could get a foothold.
On the fire escape he saw Merrick, descending to the bottom with all possible rapidity.The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
Here was an iron fire escape, running from the fourth story to the second.The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for fire escape
a means of evacuating people from a building in the event of fire, esp a metal staircase outside the building
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