Fire escape collapses leaves two trapped, three injured -

Fire escape collapses leaves two trapped, three injured

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ALTON, Ill. ( - During the late night hours of September 18, Alton firefighters had to rescue two people who were trapped under a fire escape after it collapsed while they where trying to escape a fire in the residence.

Emergency crews said they got a call that three people were hurt around 11 p.m. after a collapse. When they arrived two men were under a metal fire escape.

“We just heard somebody yell ‘help me, help me,’” said Andrew Ferguson who works nearby. “We came back here and we saw him lying on the floor, with blood all over his leg.”

Ferguson had to jump over two air conditioning units to get to the two men before he quickly called 911.

Alton firefighters said three people were actually hurt in the collapse. A woman who was injured ran to a nearby business for help before firefighters arrived. 

The three victims all needed medical treatment after falling about 20 feet when the fire escape from a second floor apartment in downtown Alton gave way.

“We had to actually shove it off of the dude’s legs… like the other dude who was having a seizure we had to move it off of him” said Ferguson. “I honestly thank God that we heard them at the last second.. I can’t even… I just I don’t know.”

Fire crews have not said why the fire escape collapsed and why the three people were on the escape when there was no fire.

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