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Man rescued from sub-zero freezer near Port of Tacoma

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on May 5, 2012 at 10:16 am |
May 5, 2012 11:38 am

UPDATE: 11:37 a.m.

A man trapped for more than an hour inside a cold storage unit near the Port of Tacoma this morning has been rescued by the Tacoma Fire Department and is uninjured.

Jeff Chandler, Tacoma Fire battalion chief, said two men were trapped on an electric scissors lift inside the VersaCold storage warehouse near the Port of Tacoma when the power failed at about 8:30 a.m.

One man attempted to climb down and fell, Chandler said. He was injured in the fall and transported to the hospital by medic crews.

The other man stayed on the lift in sub zero temperatures while rescuers restored power to the lift and brought him down, Chandler said.

EARLIER STORY:

Tacoma firemen are racing to rescue a man trapped for the past hour in a cold storage unit near the Port of Tacoma.

Battalion Chief Jeff Chandler says the temperature in the building on East 26th St. is approximately 10 degrees below zero.

The fire department was called to the Versacold warehouse at 8:43 this morning where they rescued another man injured in a fall, Chandler said.

The trapped man is on a crane that is having equipment problems, Chandler said.

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