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< Reply # 21 on 6/16/2008 2:43 AM >
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Man rescued after three-storey fall in power plant
Jun 15, 2008 08:39 PM
Precious Yutangco and Henry Stancu
It took firefighters almost three hours to rescue a 27-year-old man who fell three stories off a conveyor belt into a hopper in an old shutdown coal-generating power plant this afternoon.
Just after 4 p.m., Toronto police, emergency services and firefighters were called to 440 Unwin Dr. just south of Carlaw Ave. and Lakeshore Ave. E. for what was called an industrial accident.
Police said when they arrived, they learned the man had been trespassing.
Over an hour after the man disappeared into the hopper, police and firefighters were able to locate him but had trouble getting him out.
Around 7:30 p.m., two firefighters were lowered down into the hopper with a rescue basket. While the man was pulled out of the funnel-shaped bottom, he lost consciousness.
As a precaution, he was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital under emergency transfer. Although police could not confirm the extent of his injuries, he is expected to survive.
The plant was the former site of the R.L. Hearn Generation Station, which was shut down a few years ago. A new plant is being built adjacent to the building but this particular site is no longer in use.
Signs warning trespassers are on the chain link and barbed wire fences encircling the entire compound. And although the property is watched by a private security firm and has a main guardhouse with a security guard posted all the time, police say it is common for people to come onto the property, cross the conveyor belt and climb a smokestack that leads to a beautiful view of the city.
Geezus they gave away an access point!
RIP Nick San, RIP Positive Pressure
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< Reply # 37 on 6/16/2008 3:31 PM >
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|Posted by langP|
I'm glad it sounds like he's going to survive, but on a selfish note, here's another place that I'll now probably never get to see. . . If it ain't arsonists, it's high profile accidents prompting stronger security or speedy demolition.
You already missed it before anyone got hurt in there. It's been what, one or two summers since the turbines were dismantled and removed?
Grow up. Human landscapes are constantly being made and remade. You may or may not have missed your opportunity to play the tourist in an empty, wrecked shell in a city you don't live in. The state of the building lately, from what I understand of it, is that it's in a condition that's very difficult to secure. So while the rate of drive-arounds might get upped and more fencing or other measures added, there's little that can be done to prevent determined people from getting inside. If it's too much for you, then it's too much for you; there's not much left to see there anyway to make it worth the effort and risk.
But yeah, I'd suggest you bury your selfish thoughts and work on something more productive than pining for a wrecked building you probably wouldn't have gotten around to visiting regardless. It could have been you lying bloodied and fucked at the bottom of a 30-foot-deep coal hopper.
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