Firefighters Dig By Hand To Pull Worker From Collapsed Building

It Took Over An Hour To Extract Him From The Rubble In East New York

Al Jones
February 27, 2018 - 4:27 pm
Firefighters worked for an hour to rescue a worker trapped under rubble in East New York.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A terrifying scene unfolded in East New York on Tuesday, leaving a construction worker in critical condition.

A one-story brick building on the corner of Rutland Road and Brooklyn Ave was being demolished, and a construction worker was in the basement when the ceiling gave way.

"They had a collapse of the first floor into the cellar and there was one worker that was trapped in the cellar under the rubble," FDNY Chief of Special Operations, John Esposito said.

Esposito said it took firefighters an hour-and-a-half to get the worker out. They had to dig bricks away by hand.

"Very dangerous operation as you might be able to see, the wall on the side street was bowed in," he said.

The injured hard hat was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical but stable condition.

The structure has had several complaints this year, and the city's Department of Buildings is investigating.