Houston police officers rescue residents from burning apartment building

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
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"THEY WERE ANGELS." With tears streaming down his face, this Houston man said he's alive today because Houston police officers saved his life during an overnight fire.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston police sergeant was severely burned while saving others during a southwest Houston apartment fire.

It happened just after midnight Saturday on South Braeswood near South Gessner.

The sergeant and other officers were in the area when they saw the flames coming from the building, according to HPD.

The officers got on the roof and on a balcony of one apartment unit and rescued a man inside as the fire raged, police said.

Officers were able to help pull other residents out of their apartments.

The sergeant suffered burns to his hands while removing burning debris during the rescue.

Investigators are looking into whether the fire may have been intentionally set. He was treated by Houston Fire Department personnel on the scene.

"I just thank God they were here," one rescued resident said. "They were angels."

The Houston Police Officers' Union took to Twitter saying they plan to help two tenants who lost everything get back on their feet.

It wasn't clear how many apartments were destroyed, but the damage was extensive.

WATCH: ABC13 Reporter Nick Natario's earlier report from the apartment complex

ABC13's Nick Natario shows us what's left of the apartment after the officers jumped into action.

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