Chelsea: Men trapped in hole rescued by firefighters and 12 people led to safety

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London Fire Brigade rescued a man who was trapped by equipment in a five-metre hole in Chelsea.

London firefighters rescued two men from a five-metre hole in Chelsea on Monday (September 25).

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to the incident in the garden of a semi-detached house under renovation in Gilston Road in Chelsea.

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Firefighters rescued a man who had his leg trapped by equipment and he was treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

Another man was rescued via a ladder and a further 12 people were led to safety from the site.

London Fire Brigade rescues a man from a hole in Chelsea. (Photo by LFB)London Fire Brigade rescues a man from a hole in Chelsea. (Photo by LFB)
London Fire Brigade rescues a man from a hole in Chelsea. (Photo by LFB) | LFB

Station Commander Stephen Irvine, who was at the scene, said: “This was a complex incident and crews worked incredibly hard using specialist equipment to safely rescue the man. Thankfully, he was okay.

“One of the Brigade’s 32-metre turntable ladders was used to lower air bags to stabilise the hole so that crews could gain safe access and then lift the man to safety.

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“Properties either side were evacuated as a precaution and surrounding roads were closed whilst crews made the scene safe.”

The Brigade was called at 1.17pm and the incident was over for firefighters by 5.30pm. Fire crews from Chelsea, Kensington, Battersea and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.

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