Two Plantation residents rescued from trapped debris in separate incidents

Plantation firefighters and paramedics respond to a victim trapped under construction debris on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Plantation firefighters and paramedics respond to a victim trapped under construction debris on Monday, April 21, 2014.

Miami Herald staff

Plantation rescue workers assisted two person on Monday who had been trapped under falling construction debris.

In the first rescue, a 26-year-old man working on a Florida Room was trapped around 9:30 a.m. when the roof tumbled down.

Family members at the residence, just south of Broward Boulevard on Southwest 62nd Terrace, pulled the man out before firefighters arrived at 9:30 a.m., according to Batallion Chief Joel Gordon.

By the time rescue workers had arrived, family members had scrambled to get him out. He suffered minor injuries and rescue workers transported him to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Gordon said.

A building inspector was called to the scene to make sure the rest of the home was safe.

In the second rescue, a 51-year-old woman became trapped after she climbed inside a dumpster behind a popular restaurant and mounds of construction debris fell on her.

A city public works employee later told investigators he heard someone screaming in the direction of the construction dumpster at 80 SW 84th Ave., behind the TGI Friday’s restaurant.

“I looked in, but couldn’t see anything,” said employee Mike Kosters. He called 911.

Firefighters arrived shortly after 11:30 a.m. to hear the woman calling out from underneath several layers of debris, including sheet rock and wooden pallets.

They didn’t spot anyone so they began digging by hand. They were able to free the woman was found her in approximately 15 minutes.

The unnamed Plantation resident told investigators she was looking for wire when the debris caved in on her. She said she was underneath the debris for more than an hour.

She was taken to Westside Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

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