Three Injured in California Building Collapse

A woman was freed in just over an hour.


On Jan. 29, personnel with San Bernardino County Fire Department's heavy technical rescue units were called in to free a woman trapped in debris from a building collapse.

Nearly 30 firefighters took just over an hour to clear debris and shore up the second story in order to remove the victim safely. The 50-year-old woman was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where she was treated for moderate injuries. A contractor and another employee suffered minor injuries.

The collapse occurred at BAB Steering Hydraulics in Fontana, a business that fabricates hydraulic steering mechanisms for large vehicles, including fire trucks.

Fire investigators blamed the weight of hydraulic parts for the collapse. The heavy items likely caused an I-beam and wood flooring to fall into a "V" shape at the center of the floor.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is investigating the incident.

In 2003, the firm helped restore a FDNY truck that was damaged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.