Two painters escaped serious injury when a scaffold they were on gave way at the top of an eight-story building in downtown Kansas City.

Joe Vitale, spokesman for the Kansas City Fire Department, said one of the poles used to secure the scaffold gave way Friday afternoon, sending one painter sliding off.

That man stood on a ledge, secured by his safety harness, until a firefighter was lowered down to him. Rescuers then hauled the firefighter and the man to the roof.

The other man was able to break through a window and get inside the building on his own.

The man who went through the window suffered minor cuts. Vintale said the other man was "shaken up but OK."

The cause of the scaffold collapse has not been determined.