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Firefighters use special tools to free woman stuck between buildings

by: COURTESY OF KOIN LOCAL 6 - A woman stuck between two concrete walls in a downtown Portland building was the focus of a massive rescue operation early Wednesday morning. Neighbors alerted firefighters at about 3:30 a.m. after hearing the woman screaming.More than 20 Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters were able to free a woman who was stuck for hours between two buildings after reportedly falling about 15 to 20 feet early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters worked through the morning to free the woman, whose name and medical condition have not been released. She was freed shortly before 8 a.m. in the rescue operation at Southwest Columbia Street and 12th Avenue.

Neighbors said the woman starting screaming around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and they called 9-1-1.

Firefighters went to the roof and in the garage of the building to drop a rope to the woman. Rescue crews worked in a very tight space and drilled into the cement wall to get to the woman, using tools normally used in earthquake debris rescue.

Columbia Street was closed between 12th and 13th avenues during the rescue efforts.