Dramatic Rescue by the Houston Fire Department Caught on Gripping Video

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Spoiler: the Houston Fire Department saves the day. On Tuesday, a still-under-construction apartment complex in Houston caught fire, and to the horror of onlookers, one worker was left stranded on a top floor balcony, with no way down and flames fast approaching. And there's video, apparently shot by officer workers in a nearby building.

Now you know what "get the [expletive] over there" or some permutation of that looks like in hand signals. Eventually, the firefighter manage to pull the man off the ledge, but to be clear: there might have been no rescue at all if the construction worker didn't have the agility to swing and drop onto a lower floor, buying more time for the ladder operators to reach him. But thankfully, he did.

Keeping watching the video, however, for another dramatic conclusion. Just when you think all his well, the top floor of building collapses in a wall of flame, nearly striking the life-saving ladder.  

"All construction workers who had been in the high-rise building were accounted for, and no injuries have been reported," the AP reports, explaining that it took firefighters two-and-a-half-hours to get the blaze under control. The fire department is now investigating the cause of the fire. 

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