LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Lexington fire officials say they received an unusual call about 7 a.m. Sunday about a young man who was trapped between the walls of two downtown buildings.
Fire investigators say they learned the man was stuck in a 14 to 18 inch space between the buildings when a police dispatcher was walking into a building and heard him yelling for help.
“This was a difficult situation because it was a really narrow area for our firefighters to work and get equipment in, so we had to use a couple folding ladders. We sent two firefighters into the space who were able to assist him,” said Maj. Daniel Bellot.
Bellot says they finally pulled the bruised and bloodied man out and rushed him to UK Hospital.
“He was alert and he was able to communicate with firefighters,” he said.
He says they believe the man, who is in his 20s, fell about 20 feet into the narrow space behind the police department.
“We’re assuming that he was on top of the roof and probably didn’t see the separation between the two walls,” Bellot said.
“Then he slipped and fell?” asked WKYT’s Mark Barber. “That’s what appears to have happened,” said Bellot.
According to police, he was stuck for at least five hours.
Bellot says it’s amazing the young man survived.
“He’s very lucky that he’s alive. He’s also very lucky that someone was able to hear him screaming for help,” he said.
Investigators say they’re still working to figure out who he is and why he was on the roof.