NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man was rescued Tuesday after he got pinned under part of a house in Norfolk.
At 12:40 p.m., fire crews responded to a report of a building collapse in the 1600 block of Conoga Street. Firefighters arrived on scene and found a man in his 50s trapped in the attic area of a two-story residential home. The home was in the process of being demolished when the man got stuck.
During the demolition, fire officials say the chimney shifted and trapped the man’s left arm.
Members of the Norfolk Fire Technical Rescue team evaluated the structure for stability and determine what was needed to safely rescue the man. Firefighters used ladders to get to him. E.T. Gresham provided a crane to move the chimney and crews used power tools to remove other debris.
The man was conscious and alert throughout the rescue. He was treated by medics on scene as firefighters worked to free him. Medics and a trauma surgeon from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital responded to the scene.
After about an hour and a half, the worker was freed and removed from the home through a second floor window. He was taken to a local trauma center for further evaluation.
Over 40 firefighters were on the scene of this incident.
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