Over 20 fire departments summoned to help rescue man trapped under chimney

LADUE, MO (KTVI) – Seventy first responders rushed to the rescue of a construction worker Wednesday morning in Ladue. The man was pinned inside the cab of a track hoe he was using to demolish a home on South Price.

Ladue Fire Chief Steve Lynn said it appeared a cinder block chimney had collapsed on top of the cab trapping the man inside. As of 7 PM no information had been released about his condition, but Chief Lynn said he appeared to have some leg injuries. However, he was conscious and talking to firefighters during the delicate rescue operation. Ladue called for help from St. Louis County's Urban Search and Rescue unit to extricate the man.

Firefighters from 27 departments were on the scene.

It took 2 1/2 hours to stabilize the rubble and determine how best to conduct the rescue. No one was injured in the process and by 1030 AM the man had been safely placed on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital.

By the end of the workday the demolition company had knocked down all of the remaining walls in the home leaving behind a pile of rubble.