SPRING, Texas – A two-alarm fire destroyed 16 units at the Cypresswood Court apartment complex on Cypresswood Drive near Cypressgate Drive. The fire started just after 7 p.m. on Friday.
"I heard screaming," said Kirkland Hall, who was asleep when the fire started. "Then I heard a loud banging on the building."
Hall said he had gone to bed early because he wanted to be rested for his engagement party on Saturday. When he opened his front door, he said he was trapped by clouds of black smoke.
When he ran to his second-floor balcony, Hall said he saw flames spreading through the building and neighbors below telling him he needed to jump.
"I have a fear of heights so I was, like, 'Sure I can't go out the front door?' They said, 'No,' and when I looked over, I saw the flames coming so I had to jump over the balcony," said Hall.
"What did you jump onto," asked KPRC's Robert Arnold.
"They caught me. I don't know who the guys were. I haven't seen them since," said Hall.
Hall was not hurt by the jump, but he lost everything in the fire. Spring Fire Department Deputy Chief Scott Schoonover said by the time the first firefighters arrived, the building was heavily damaged.
"This attic is a common attic, so once it got in the attic it took off and extended through the entire building," said Schoonover.
Schoonover said it took 70 firefighters from the Spring, Klein, Ponderosa, Eastex and Aldine fire departments to get the flames under control.
No one was hurt, but the Red Cross was called to help those who've lost their homes.
Hall, a special education teacher in Spring Independent School District, said he is just grateful to be alive and still be able to marry his fiancee this December.
"I'm not letting her down. As a groom, I have to give the bride what she wants," said Hall.
Investigators with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office have not yet determined what started this fire.
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