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  • Video: Houston apartment fire rescue

  • In this image taken from video provided by Karen Jones, a worker lowers himself from a fifth floor balcony before swinging down to the one below as firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston.

      In this image taken from video provided by Karen Jones, a worker lowers himself from a fifth floor balcony before swinging down to the one below as firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston.
    Associated Press/Karen Jones

  • A worker reaches for an extension ladder to escape a raging fire as firefighters battle a five-alarm blaze at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston. The cellphone video, shot by Karen Jones from her nearby office, shows the dramatic rescue of the worker from the burning apartment complex that was under construction.

      A worker reaches for an extension ladder to escape a raging fire as firefighters battle a five-alarm blaze at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston. The cellphone video, shot by Karen Jones from her nearby office, shows the dramatic rescue of the worker from the burning apartment complex that was under construction.
    Associated Press/Karen Jones

  • In this image taken from video provided by Karen Jones, a burning section of wall collapses moments after a worker was rescued from a balcony by firefighters battling a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston.

      In this image taken from video provided by Karen Jones, a burning section of wall collapses moments after a worker was rescued from a balcony by firefighters battling a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston.
    Associated Press/Karen Jones

 
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- New video shows the dramatic rescue of a worker from a burning Houston apartment complex that was under construction.

Karen Jones shot the cellphone video on Tuesday from her nearby office as the fire consumed the planned $50 million luxury apartment complex.

It shows the worker pacing on a small fifth-floor balcony with the inferno consuming the floor behind him. With nowhere else to go, he lowers himself over the edge, swings his legs and lands on the edge of the balcony below.

The worker manages to crawl to a firefighter on an extension ladder moments before a burning section of wall collapses next to them.

The fire is under investigation, but authorities believe it likely started on the roof during welding.

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