Man Pulled from Collapsed Building

By BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009  |  Updated 8:27 PM CDT
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One person was trapped after the collapse of an abandoned Menards store at Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates.

One person was trapped after the collapse of an abandoned Menards store at Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates.

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A man trapped when an abandoned Menards store collapsed Tuesday afternoon is en route to an area hospital.

The building, at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads, collapsed at about 4 p.m., trapping one man.  Arlington Heights police Sgt. Greg Poulos said the collapse happened during a scheduled demolition of the store.

Crews were immediately able to make contact with the man, who was trapped in a three-foot high pocket under the collapsed roof, Poulos said.

About 45 minutes later, he emerged from a hole in the rubble, standing in a gray T-shirt and a blue helmet.

He was put on a gurney and taken to an ambulance for treatment.

"He's a very lucky guy. He should go buy a lottery ticket," Hoffman Estates fire Capt. Pat Fortunato told the Chicago Tribune.

The collapse didn't cause damage to neighboring businesses, the Daily Herald reported.


  


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