fire escape

noun
an apparatus or structure used to escape from a burning building, as a metal stairway down an outside wall.

Origin:
1670–80

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fire escape
 
n
a means of evacuating people from a building in the event of fire, esp a metal staircase outside the building

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Example sentences
The bank of rubble that barred the entrance to the fire escape was almost
  knee-high.
Know about and practice fire escape routes at home, work, and school.
Some fled down a rear fire escape, and others were trapped.
Establish fire escape routes from every room in your house and teach family
  members what to do in case of a fire.
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