This video uploaded to YouTube by Karen Jones shows a construction worker seemingly trapped on a fourth-floor balcony of the blazing Axis Apartments in North Montrose yesterday afternoon. According to a construction supervisor working on the neighboring Finger Properties apartment complex who spoke to a Houston Chronicle reporter, the fire started on the northeast corner of the L-shaped structure’s roof. Jones doesn’t identify her filming location in the video, but it appears to be taken from an upper floor of a low-rise office building along Rylis St. in the American General complex. That would mean the imperiled worker was on a balcony facing north, and that the rescuing fire worker was on a ladder truck in the parking lot immediately west of the Magnolia Cemetery.
The 368-unit apartment complex had a main address of 2400 Dallas St. The video shows the construction worker’s rescue, moments before a section of the fourth floor collapses, and a few seconds after a dramatic jump from the fourth-floor balcony to one on the third.
- Fire official speculates on cause of Montrose blaze [Houston Chronicle]
- The Axis Apartments Under Construction on West Dallas and Montrose Are on Fire Now [Swamplot]
Video and still: Karen Jones