This video of a man being rescued from a Houston apt. fire is astounding

This video of a man being rescued from a fire in Houston yesterday is just astounding.  I don’t know that I’ve quite seen anything like it before.

The fire engulfed a new 396-apartment complex.

Look at the workman stuck on the balcony. The flames got so hot he had to jump down to the next balcony in a rather daredevil move.


And as the firefighters are saving the man, he and the firefighter narrowly miss getting killed.

(I’m told that in order to better see my Facebook posts in your feed, you need to “follow” me.)

Amazing job. (h/t Towleroad)

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23 Responses to “This video of a man being rescued from a Houston apt. fire is astounding”

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  2. Anke Dannemann says:

    This man wasn’t just lucky, he was lucky to have spent his life in the unique wall scaling world of construction. Because the rest of us, would have been very scared and lost at the idea of jumping from one balcony to another, even to save our own lives. He definitely deserves some type of unique medal for finding the courage and showing us all what is really takes to survive!

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  4. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Animated GIFs load slowly, have poor colors and no sound. What’s not to love?

    I agree, I don’t get it. Youtube makes it so you can skip through the video quickly to see if it’s worth watching. And if someone won’t watch a video that comes highly recommended without seeing a short silent dithered herky-jerky preview first, screw em, they miss out.

  5. TonyT says:

    Now that’s cool under fire!

  6. BeccaM says:

    Not a chance, sugar pop. ;-) I enjoy both of those things entirely too much.

  7. magster says:

    More cool firefighters, though a bit less dramatic.

  8. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Chocolate and wine give me a migraine. I’m trying to decide if I would trade with you.

  9. BeccaM says:

    Agreed. Just the gifs, as far as I’m concerned, and only the super-annoying ones.

  10. I like them, obviously. Granted some are more useful, add more value, than others. But I think in a situation like this, being able to pull out to incredible moments of the video, rather than forcing you to watch it – when attention spans are decidedly shrinking – can help entice people in, impart info.

  11. Yeah, ad block kills us. Don’t use it on sites you like, if you can handle it.

  12. BeccaM says:

    It’s okay. Click-click… ad-block, block individual image element.

    I prefer not to use ad block in general on the site because John needs the revenue, but when it comes to the flashy migrane-inducing gifs (which aren’t ads), I make an exception.

  13. magster says:

    I’ll defend Gif’s. It lets me know if a video link is worth the bother to click. They are often excellent ways to communicate a point in a blog comment, and I enjoy them.

    (and by deal with it, I mean, dont get a migraine… I’m just being a smart ass.).

  14. 2karmanot says:

    Karmanot waves hand

  15. 2karmanot says:

    Definitely “conburstable!”

  16. PeteWa says:

    these particular ones are very herky-jerky and when combined with the strobe like affect it’s a little hard to look at for me as well.

  17. Silver_Witch says:

    Oh no its the old cranky brigade – make that three old Gif down voters!

  18. Silver_Witch says:

    Yeah for the firemen… this is a good use of our taxpayer dollars!!!!

  19. emjayay says:

    All that crap also increases the loading time on my not that fast internet connection.

  20. Freedonia says:

    Original video, with audio, and also an interview with the firefighter, here:

  21. BeccaM says:

    I’m sorry but I’m with you in hating them, too. Some of them, esp. those above, threaten to give me a migraine. (Literally. Certain flashy lights/images can affect me that way. )

  22. Ninong says:

    All these gifs are really distracting and annoying when trying to read anything on the site. Or maybe it’s just because I’m old and cranky?

  23. UncleBucky says:

    The lowering of the ladder shows that there was an off-by-one error in the driver/operator of the ladder. This is not the fault of the operator (hey they got the guy saved, no prob!) but it seems that the arc of the ladder going down was not calculated right. I wonder if there is a training module that accounts for optical illusions in calculating the distances.

    Well, truly good work. And that’s why we pay these fellers/ladies so much. Because we need them WHEN this kinda stuff happens, and we can’t cut corners, unless we start building with completely inflammable materials and contents — fat chance: I was in a dorm building made of concrete blocks. However when the fire started in a dorm room got going, it destroyed the floor and the contents of many nearby dorm rooms. Just by the heat alone. Heat can melt glass, metal and stone, given a high enough temperature.

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