A construction worker who was rescued from a burning apartment building in Houston said he was so close to the flames that he could feel his skin burning, reports ABC News (http://abcn.ws/1m6HIqz).
Curtis Reissig said that he raced through the smoke-filled building on Tuesday looking for a way out.
“It’s burning my eyes, my throat. I can’t breathe and I can’t hardly see anything,” Reissig said. “I could see a window. I went to that window. Trying to open that window in a panic. I couldn’t get the thing open. Smoke was getting heavier, just trying to get some air.”
“At that point, I said, ‘I’m going to die right here.'” he told KTRK. ” I said, ‘God, you have to help me. You got to help me out here.'”
Reissig managed to jump down from a fifth story balcony to a ledge below. The dramatic moment firefighters pulled him to safety was captured on video.
Everyone was accounted for at the construction site and no injuries were reported.