Portland firefighters cut a hole through concrete and used an air bagand a soapy lubricant to free an Oregon woman who fell part of the waydown a 20-foot wall and got herself stuck between two buildingsWednesday morning.
The woman spent about four hours in aspace 8 to 10 inches wide before rescuers managed to free her astelevision cameras filmed much of the effort.
Lt. RichChatman of the Portland fire department, wearing a blue helmet andharness, climbed into the hole cut by rescuers to help apply the soapysubstance.
After the woman surfaced at 7:30 a.m., she raised her face, clenched her fists and shouted, "Oh, my God."
Rescuershad built a platform beneath the woman and had turned on a portableheater to keep her warm in temperatures just above freezing. The air bagwas used to spread the walls.
Firefighters said they initially reached the woman by using tools used in earthquake rescues, CBS affiliate KOIN reports.
"She was in good spirits," Chatman said. "We just tried to reassure her ... we weren't going home without her."
Firefighterssaid they hadn't gotten a clear explanation of the woman's predicament.Chatman said she had been seen smoking or walking on the roof of atwo-story building before she fell.
Authorities didn't immediately name the woman.
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