WPVI reported that Jermaine had fallen earlier that day and cracked his rib on a set of stairs, but he was determined to get to his mother. According to the news station, Jermaine lived in the complex in the past, so he knew the layout and how to get to his mother from the outside.
"When I grabbed a gate, at the top of the gate, there was a ledge. Then I could step on top of the ledge and reach up to the other gate, and keep climbing my way up," Jermaine said.
Once he got to his mother's balcony, he said she was shocked to see him, but assured him she was OK and that the fire was contained.
"She's not surprised by the things that I do for her," he said. "She knows I'll go over and beyond for her."
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Jermaine scaled back down the building and once he was near the ground, a police officer was there to meet him.
"He told me if I didn't leave I was going straight to jail because that was his job, but, he actually did cut me a break," Jermaine said. "He understood the circumstances, he knew -- when your adrenaline is pumping, and your mom is up there, you thinking she's dying -- you'd do anything you can."
Jermaine's mother made it out of the building, which had 98 of 114 units occupied, safely.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that about 200 residents were evacuated Thursday, according to Westpark Residents Council President Andrea Foster. All but four residents, who were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, returned Friday morning, Foster said.