(DNAINFO) October 30, 2015 A demolition worker trapped during a building collapse that killed his coworker was freed by rescuers after being pinned under concrete slabs for more than three hours, the FDNY said.
Both men, who worked for Northeast Interiors Specialist, were on the first floor of 25 W. 38th St., near Fifth Avenue, when the rear section of the building crumbled into a V shape at 10:28 a.m., officials said.
First responders were able to reach the dead worker immediately and remove his body from the scene, but the surviving worker, Kairo Garcia, 29, was partially buried underneath the rubble in the building’s basement.”
The person was trapped at the very point of that V,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a press conference after the rescue. “The [collapsed] building, of course, is a very dangerous place to work.”
Rescuers were faced with the difficult task of freeing Garcia in the unstable structure without further jeopardizing its stability and causing it to fall on top of him, officials said.