Firefighter saves worker during massive fire

HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) – A woman working in a nearby building grabbed her cellphone and recorded the dramatic rescue of a construction worker who was trapped when an apartment complex where he was doing work on went up in flames.

Karen Jones captured all of the dramatic moments.

At one point the construction worker, whose name has not been released, was forced to jump to the balcony below to escape the flames.

He was five stories up and was frantically waving at rescuers.

Senior Captain Brad Hawthorne with the Houston Fire Department was on a ladder truck and was trying to get to him.

“I said, ‘alright come on,'” Hawthorne said. “He had to make a leap, he kind of jumped and grabbed on. I said, ‘Hang on!'”

Hawthorne and the worker were on the ladder and on their way down to safety, when the top floor of the building collapsed behind them.

“Within a couple of seconds the roof caved in and the whole fifth floor went out,” Hawthorne said. “It was pretty hairy. Just the noise from the fire, the cracking and popping of all that wood…it was pretty loud.”

At that moment, it was evident firefighters got to the worker just in time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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