Man trapped after row house collapses in downtown Baltimore

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With the brace installed, firefighters prepare to rescue a man trapped inside a collapsed building at the 500 block of S. Paca St.

Updated 5:20 p.m.

A row house collapsed Monday afternoon in downtown Baltimore, trapping one person inside, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department. The collapse happened just steps from Camden Yards in the 500 block of S. Paca St.

 

According to WJZ-TV, the second story of the home collapsed around 12:30 p.m., trapping the man in debris up to his chest. The man is reportedly conscious and alert.

A second man who inside the home was taken to the hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to fire officials. An adjacent building was also evacuated, and no further injuries were reported.
Firefighters worked into the afternoon to rescue the man who was trapped inside the collapsed home. Before they could undertake the rescue attempt, crews constructed a brace to shore up the building.
The fire department provided photos of the brace as it was constructed and installed:
photo via Baltimore City Fire Department
Baltimore City firefighters construct a brace to reinforce a collapsed building in the 500 block of S. Paca St. (photo via BCFD)

 

photo via Baltimore City Fire Department
Firefighters raise the brace. (photo via BCFD)
With the brace installed, firefighters prepare to rescue a man trapped inside a collapsed building at the 500 block of S. Paca St.
With the brace installed, firefighters prepare to rescue a man trapped inside a collapsed building at the 500 block of S. Paca St. (photo via BCFD)

 

As a result of the incident, officials closed off S. Paca St., Washington Blvd. and Russell St. in the downtown area.

 

Update (5:20 p.m.) The man was rescued from the building, according to Baltimore City fire officials. He was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.



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