• Kent firefighters rescue injured worker from apartment roof


    KENT, Wash. - Kent firefighters used their aerial ladder truck and a rescue basket to rescue a construction worker who had been injured while working on the roof of an apartment complex Tuesday.

    The worker, who had a non-life-threatening injury, was working on the roof of the five-story building under construction at the intersection of West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue North.

    Because of limited access to the roof from the stairwell, the decision was made to use the ladder truck to get the injured man down.

    Although the ladder truck can extend more than 100 feet, it was barely able to reach the roof of the apartment complex.

    Though the roof of the complex is about 60 feet above ground, the truck had to park some distance from the building. The angle of the ladder when extended was also a factor.

    The ladder reached far enough to safely get the injured man off the roof at 11:30 a.m.

    The victim was transported to a local hospital.

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