Woman Rescued After Collapse at Colo. Facility


Firefighters have freed a woman trapped after a floor collapsed at a Denver Community Corrections substance-abuse treatment facility on Thursday morning.

The woman, a resident at the Tooley Hall half-way house, 4280 Kearney St., was stepping from the shower on the first floor about 10:30 a.m. when rotted wooden flooring gave way and she fell about 4 feet to 6 feet into a crawl space, said Denver fire spokesman Lt. Phil Champagne. Debris fell on top of her.

The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was able to talk with firefighters, Champagne said. She was transported by ambulance to a hospital.

The fire agency's Structure Collapse Unit set up a tripod to hoist the woman out of the hole in the floor, Champagne said.

It took about 90 minutes to free the woman. The hole in the floor was about 2 feet-by-3 feet, and firefighters had to cut away flooring to create a larger opening to rescue the woman, Champagne said.

Champagne said the rotted flooring was likely caused by a hidden water leak.

The water damage to the floor also caused mold, and the city Department of Environmental Health was assessing whether the mold poses a health risk.

Tooley Hall, which houses about 70 women, is a state-licensed facility where felony offenders receive treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, according to residents at scene and the Denver Division of Community Correction's website.

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