Worker rescued from flames

Last updated 11:06 27/03/2014
Karen Jones/YouTube

A construction worker is rescued by firefighters in Houston, Texas.

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A construction worker forced by flames onto the ledge of a Houston apartment building was rescued just as he prepared to jump to safety.  

Video posted to YouTube shows one construction worker on a fourth-floor balcony, with fierce flames showing inside the building. As he was waiting for a ladder truck to come to his aid, the worker dropped down, swinging onto a balcony below.

He was eventually rescued by the ladder, just as the top-story wall fell behind him in flames.

The video, uploaded by user Karen Jones, claims to have been shot from a building on the AIG campus near the scene of the fire.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Captain Ruy Lozano told the Houston Chronicle the only people inside were construction workers, all of whom were accounted for. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials said more than 200 emergency personnel had responded to the fire at the large apartment complex under construction.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Much of the high-rise structure was reduced to rubble by wind-driven flames.

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