Woman rescued after being stuck between 2 buildings

Woman rescued after being stuck between 2 buildings

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by Michael Rollins

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 2:43 PM

PORTLAND -- Portland Fire Bureau firefighters rescued a woman Wednesday morning who somehow got wedged between two buildings at 12th and Columbia in downtown Portland.

The incident began about 3:30 a.m. when a woman was seen on a second-story smoking area, a witness told KGW and ended about 7:30 a.m. when she was pulled through an opening cut in a wall.

The woman was yelling for help and was seen climbing on a wall before apparently falling between the two buildings, the witness said.

Her loud behavior was out of the ordinary for the types of tenants in the building, the witness said, and described her mannerisms as "rude."

She had somehow fallen about 12 feet into a tight space at the Gretchen Kafoury Commons and an adjacent building.

Firefighters first tried a rope rescue, then decided to cut through the wall of a parking garage to free her.

The woman was alert, agitated but did not appear to be seriously injured. She was talking with rescue crews as they sawed through concrete block walls.

About 6:15, firefighters had managed to start removing sections of the wall. The woman's husband was also brought to the scene to help calm her.

It was unclear where she lives and why she was yelling for help.

Fire bureau spokesman Damon Simmons said the firefighters have been specially trained in urban earthquakes rescues, including the use of saws to free victims.

An air bag was deployed in hopes of expanding the space between the wall. A lubricant was also applied, he said.

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