VIDEO: Firefighters rescue family from intense Houston fire

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A woman and her three children were rescued from the balcony of their apartment as flames spread through the building. (KTRK)

Three children and a woman were rescued from a fast-moving apartment fire in Houston, Texas.

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ABC13's Jeff Ehling provides insights from the scene of a 3-alarm apartment fire in northwest Harris County.

The fire started in building nine of the Cornerstone Village Apartments around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

It quickly spread to three alarms.

Firefighters were able to rescue a woman and her children from a second-floor window.

Incredible video captured the family being brought down a ladder from a back balcony while the flames raged behind them.

Just before 4 a.m., a puppy was also rescued from the building.

One building collapsed because of the fire damage and is a total loss.

Sixteen units were destroyed.

A cause is not known at this time.

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