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Firefighters rescue woman from Koreatown garbage chute

Firefighters rescued a woman trapped in a garbage chute Tuesday night at an apartment complex in Koreatown.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded around 8:30 p.m. to reports of a person trapped in an elevator at 817 S. Hobart Street in the Downtown Los Angeles district.

What they found was a 40-year-old woman housed in a service shaft about 20 feet from the roof of the four-story building, LAFD officials said.

“We had to come up with a plan on how to get this person up or down,” LAFD Battalion Chief Lance McCloskey told reporters at the scene.

We didn’t know how she got into the slide.

“Our job is basically to get them out,” McCloskey said. About 49 firefighters responded, including technical rescue personnel, he said.

The plan was to put a harness around the woman, who has not been identified, and lower her to the basement.

Footage taken by OnScene.TV shows more than two dozen firefighters on the roof. They seem to run the rope through the chute.

McCloskey said the operation went “pretty quickly” once the harness was secured.

Footage of the incident shows an alert woman wearing a black baseball cap and light clothing being taken to an ambulance for assessment.

The woman appeared uninjured, according to an alert posted by LAFD around 9:20 p.m.




Los Angeles Times

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