Firefighter seriously injured in building collapse shows steady improvement
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The firefighter who was seriously injured when stairs collapsed Monday in a building under construction is steadily improving but remains hospitalized.
On Tuesday, the West Valley City Fire Department updated the condition of injured crew, including a 36-year-old captain/paramedic who has “multiple broken bones and other injuries,” according to the department’s Twitter account. WVC fire.
The fire department initially reported that three firefighters and a construction worker were injured in a cave-in at 1770 W., 4100 South Monday afternoon. On Tuesday, he said four rescuers were injured, in addition to the original victim.
“A woman would have fallen a pretty good distance, some estimates are up to two stories,” said West Valley City Assistant Communications Manager Roxeanne Vainuku.
She said the employee was working on scaffolding outside the six-story building at the time, but she didn’t know how high.
Firefighters loaded the worker onto a stretcher and lowered her down an interior staircase when she collapsed. Firefighters and the patient knocked this top floor to the ground.
3 firefighters and 1 worker injured after staircase collapses at West Valley City construction site
It was the captain who suffered several broken bones and other injuries. A helicopter transported him to the hospital where he rests. He has been with the West Jordan Fire Department for 13 years.
A 40-year-old firefighter and paramedic was treated and discharged from hospital with widespread bruising and pain. He has been with the ministry for nine years.
A 27-year-old firefighter, who has worked in the department for four years, was also treated and released. He sprained ankle. A 24-year-old firefighter was also released from hospital with bruising and widespread pain. He joined the department three and a half years ago.
Vainuku said the rescued woman had broken bones and abrasions. Last night she was still in the hospital.
UPDATE: Firefighters injured in stairway collapse yesterday. There are four in total:
36 years old Captain/paramedic, 13 years old with WVC. Multiple broken bones and other injuries. Airlifted to hospital. Stay hospitalized.
— WVC Fire Department (@wvcfd) July 12, 2022
Firefighters did not release any of the names of the firefighters.
Vainuku said the West Valley City building inspector and OSHA were on the scene Monday night investigating the stairway collapse.
“These people are going to help someone else,” Vainuku said, “and it’s tragic to see that not only was that person injured more that fall, but also our firefighters who were trying to save that person were also injured. . .”
The incident is still under investigation.