In a dramatic scene from Tuesday's massive fire in Houston, a construction worker on the fifth floor appears trapped by the rapidly advancing flames.
At one point, he's forced to leap from the balcony to one below.
"When we saw his foot slip, it was just like uhhh, oh God he's going to fall," Karen Jones, who recorded the scene from a nearby building, told local ABC station KTRK. "We thought he was going to be gone."
Fortunately, firefighters were able to get to him, and not a moment too soon as the video shows. Part of the wall above collapses just as the ladder pulls away.
The construction worker, who has not been identified, was treated at the scene and released, according to KTRK.
The fire, at an apartment building under construction, was brought under control with no reports of injuries and one very close call.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.