Phoenix man uses scuba gear to escape burning home

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man is lucky to be alive after using scuba gear to escape his burning multi-million dollar home.

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Man uses scuba gear to escape burning Biltmore home - A Valley man used his scuba gear to escape his burning Biltmore home over the weekend.

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Crews were called out to the Biltmore Estates near 26th Street and Camelback Road early Sunday morning. It was neighbors who made the 911 call.

"I just saw some orange glow, so I went outside and there was a huge fire coming out of the skylight of the house so I ran outside and called 911," said J.D. Bird. "I could actually feel the heat standing like 30 yards away."

The homeowner, Michael Marin, told firefighters he threw on his scuba gear so he could breathe and used a collapsible safety ladder to climb out the window of his second-story bedroom.

"In all my years on the job, this is the first time I've seen somebody use scuba diving equipment to get out of a fire," said Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Dorian Jackson.

Marin was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. He is expected to be just fine.

It's not yet known what sparked the fire.

Marin is no stranger to 3TV and We Skyped with him back in May when he was halfway around the world climbing Mt. Everest.