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Lucky escape builder returns to work after fire rescue

"After seeing the video I realised how lucky it was," Curtis Reissig told reporters. Credit: AP

A construction worker who escaped from a burning building in Texas has spoken about his ordeal.

Curtis Reissig, 56, told ABC News: "I said: I'm going to die right here."

The fire was so intense that it blistered his face and hands as he waited to be rescued from a balcony.

Video of him swinging onto a balcony below to escape the blaze has been viewed three million times on YouTube and been shown on television around the world.

"I really wanted a second swing but the flames were so intense I just had to drop," he said.

He escaped with only blisters on his face and his hands from the extreme heat coming from the burning building and returned to the work the following day.

Witness films dramatic escape from burning building

A woman who witnessed a huge fire at an under-construction apartment block in Texas has filmed the remarkable escape and rescue of a man who was working in the building.

The worker was seen emerging onto a top-floor balcony of the complex as a fierce blaze burned behind him.

He then manages to swing down onto a ledge beneath him before a rescue team plucks him from the building on an extendible ladder.

He then has a second lucky escape as the ladder swings away from the construction seconds before a large section of burning panelling falls away.

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Firefighters work to control the Houston blaze

Firefighters have begun to control the construction site fire in downtown Houston.

No injuries were reported in the blaze according to the Houston Fire Department but a large block was levelled and over seven stories were damaged.

Firefighters work to extinguish a five-alarm blaze. Credit: REUTERS/Donna Carson

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene along with nearly 200 personnel and fire officials mayor's office said.

Firefighters work to extinguish a five-alarm blaze. Credit: REUTERS/Donna Carson
Firefighters work to extinguish a five-alarm blaze. Credit: REUTERS/Donna Carson

Construction worker rescued after hanging off balcony

The only person to be reportedly rescued from the Houston building fire was a construction worker, but just before firefighters could reach him he dangled off the side of the burning building to escape the flames.

No injuries were reported, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Houston workers look on as fire rages

Lisa Cargile captured workers in her building watching the fire at a Houston apartment block - which is under construction - from a window at the Allen Center on Clay Street.

Workers from a high rise building watch the fire burn. Credit: Instagram/LisaCargile

No injuries have been reported, according to the Houston Fire Department. One construction worker was rescued from the third floor.

One rescued but no injuries after large Houston fire

Huge flames and a thick cloud of smoke were visible from miles away as around 150 firefighters responded to the scene, according to local media.

Firefighters frantically worked to contain a massive fire that ripped through an apartment complex under construction near downtown Houston, Texas.

No injuries have been reported, according to the Houston Fire Department. One construction worker was rescued from the third floor.

The fire is heavily wind-driven and firefighters are working to protect nearby structures. It is unclear what caused the five-alarm fire.

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