Dramatic video has emerged of a construction worker’s rescue from a 5-alarm fire in Houston yesterday that swept through an apartment complex still under construction.
A video posted to YouTube yesterday shows a worker on an unfinished balcony on the top floor of an apartment complex as flames engulf the building’s roof and quickly spread inside of the fourth-floor unit the man was apparently working in. After signaling for the ladder truck, the man perches nervously on the balcony for about one minute, but when the flames begin to threaten his position, the worker lowers himself down and swings onto the balcony one floor below.
Even after the man climbs safely aboard the ladder, the drama continues. As soon as the firetruck begins to pull away with the two men still high on the ladder, the top floor of the building folds over and collapses in flames, coming within inches of striking the worker and his rescuer.
The video, posted by user Karen Jones, was shot from the nearby AIG campus and concludes with the narrator saying, “I think it’s time for us to go.”
According to KHOU.com, some 200 firefighters were called to the scene, which spewed black smoke that was visible for miles and was contained after about two-and-a-half hours. The Houston Fire Department reported no injuries in the fire, whose cause remains under investigation.