Oregon firefighters have rescued a woman who was trapped between a very narrow space created by the outside walls of two buildings Wednesday morning.
Just after 3:45 a.m., the woman fell in a narrow space between two buildings. She wound up near the base of a 10 foot wall, trapped in a 1-foot wide space behind a garage.
Rescuers had to break through concrete blocks, but going very slowly for safety. By 7:00 am they had two window-size holes on either side of the woman and were using a heater to keep her warm. She's was conscious and talking with rescuers.
Simmons did not have information on how the woman fell. Witness told TV stations she had been seen smoking or walking on the roof of a two-story building.
The initial plan was a cut a doorway into the wall near her, Simmons said, but an excess of dust made it hard for her to breathe so rescuers had to reassess the plan.
The woman, who dangled 4 feet from the ground out of sight of media cameras and rescuers alike, is alert and conscious, Lt. Damon Simmons, spokesman for Portland Fire said. A gurney was positioned feet from there the crews are working. She is facing rescuers.
Firefighters cut windows in the concrete on either side of the woman in order to blow heat since she is cold and give her blankets. They have also passed her cups of water through the hole. She is conscious and firefighters are talking to her to "keep her spirits up."
No identities have been released as of yet.
Like what you’ve read? Subscribe to receive (spam free) email notification of top news articles.
Got something to say? Say it on Examiner by following this link to sign up.