When an upscale apartment building caught fire in Houston on Tuesday, March 26, one construction worker employed to work on the site nearly lost his life. Trapped in a smoky corridor as the flames grew, Curtis Reissig managed to make his way out onto a fifth-floor balcony. From there, he dropped to an outside ledge on the story below, nearly losing his footing as horrified bystanders on a nearby street watched helplessly. Some were able to catch the incident—including Reissig’s harrowing rescue—on film.
Reissig was working on the building when the fire started. After dropping to the ledge beneath the fifth-floor balcony, he lost his footing and clung dangling to the balcony. Just before it appeared he would be forced to jump and take his chances, firefighters were able to retrieve the Houston construction worker—moments before a wall collapsed and narrowly missed crushing Reissig and his rescuers.
The construction worker told KTRK-TV, a local news station owned by ABC News, that he was so close to the fire he could feel his skin burning. Amazingly, no one was injured in the fire—the cause of which is still under investigation. This incident comes on the heels of an apartment complex fire that occurred in Montrose on Wednesday, March 25, and could lead to heightened scrutiny of current safety protocols.