As a massive fire broke out at a luxury apartment complex that was under construction in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, onlookers watched in horror as one of the workers was trapped on the fifth floor. It was all caught on video from the moment the man waved for help to the amazing rescue. According to The New York Daily News on March 26, the man barely got out alive before part of the building collapsed.
In the video taken by Karen Jones from across the street, the worker was shown hanging from the top ledge as the five-alarm fire took over the top floor of the building. The dramatic video revealed the worker trying to get to the ledge below to escape the roaring blaze above. His foot slipped and it looked like he was going to fall.
"I was really just fearful that he wasn't going to make it off of that ledge,'' Jones said. “And when he jumped, and he slipped, we were just frantic."
Just as he jumped onto the balcony below, a rescue ladder showed up. On the ladder was Houston Fire Department Senior Captain Brad Hawthorne, who got close enough to help the frantic man hop onto the ladder to safety.
"I said, 'All right, come on,''' Hawthorne said afterward the rescue. “He had to make a leap. He kind of jumped and grabbed on. I said, 'Hang on!'''
Just as the two were seen being pulled away slowly from the blaze, hearts may have stopped as the top of the structure suddenly collapsed, barely missing the men. Amazingly, no one was injured in the blaze.
The $50 million complex was under construction where the unidentified man and a crew were working when the fire broke out. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.