Man Pulled from Collapsed Building

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    One person was trapped after the collapse of an abandoned Menards store at Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009)

    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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