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Worker rescued from under demolition rubble in Jasper

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Crews work to free the man from the trapped equipment. (Photo: Clare Huddleston) Crews work to free the man from the trapped equipment. (Photo: Clare Huddleston)
The equipment can be seen near the middle of the building. (Photo: Clare Huddleston) The equipment can be seen near the middle of the building. (Photo: Clare Huddleston)
First responders made sure the scene was safe before attempting a rescue. (Photo: Clare Huddleston) First responders made sure the scene was safe before attempting a rescue. (Photo: Clare Huddleston)
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JASPER, AL (WBRC) -

A building being demolished in downtown Jasper trapped a man trying to take it down on Tuesday morning. He ended up with all the debris covering him.

Jasper city employees were actually demolishing the old department store when one of the workers hit a wall and the entire building collapsed. The building is located at the corner of 1st Avenue and 19th Street in downtown Jasper.

The employee who was underneath the rubble is Billy Wade. Wade he was in a track hoe machine with an enclosed top, so when the building collapsed the track hoe turned on its side. He says he was protected by the glass case. It took crews about 10 minutes to get him out.

City workers are worried the front part of the building may collapse now, so they have blocked off 19th Street. They are bringing in another track hoe to knock it down. They say the road may be closed for at least a couple of hours.

SLIDESHOW: Worker saved from building collapse in Jasper

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