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Video Shows Rescue of Worker from Houston Fire

Updated: 03/26/2014 3:57 PM
Created: 03/26/2014 1:25 PM KSTP.com
By: Scott Theisen

A Houston construction worker whose harrowing rescue from a burning building was caught on video says he knew he had to act quickly when he realized he was trapped on a fifth-floor balcony.
    
Curtis Reissig suffered minor burns to his face and hand from Tuesday's fire, which destroyed the planned $50 million luxury apartment complex.
    
The construction supervisor on Wednesday declined to call his own actions heroic. He says the real heroes are the firefighters who rescued him and battled the blaze.
    
Reissig described how he hung from the fifth-floor balcony ledge, swung his body and landed on the balcony below. He then was able to jump onto a fire truck ladder and escape the flames.
    
Someone in a nearby office captured the rescue on cellphone video.

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