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Firefighters Spend Over Two Hours Freeing Woman Trapped Between Buildings After Workers Hear Her Screams

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On Tuesday afternoon, a handful of firefighters in Orange County, California, were treated to a unique scenario when a woman became trapped in a very small space between two buildings.

One of the buildings was an auto body shop. Workers heard some strange shouting going on, but chalked it up to one of the locals.

The shouting continued, though, and at around 2:00 p.m., they decided to call the police.

When officers arrived, they canvassed the area, eventually making it to the roof and peering down the 10-inch-wide space to see a naked woman wedged sideways at the bottom, according to The Sacramento Bee.

“It’s big enough for a cat, or maybe a dog, but definitely not a human,” owner of Tim’s Auto Repair and Smog shop, Max Benett, told The Orange County Register.

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The woman was conscious and was able to communicate with authorities, but she declined to state how she got into the compromising position.

Once the source of the cries had been identified, firefighters had to figure out how to extract her.

“The biggest challenge was cutting close enough to actually get her out without pulling her through this tight little space but then also not let any part of that wall come down on her and injure her,” Capt. Thanh Nguyen with the Orange County Fire Authority told KNBC-TV.

“She was just right inside here. She was scrunched in there sideways.”

Rescuers had to drill through eight inches of concrete to access the woman.

After two and a half hours, the woman was finally out of her predicament and was soon on her way to the hospital. She didn’t appear to have sustained any major injuries.

The Orange County Fire Authority shared video of the technical rescue on social media.

“Your Orange County firefighters expertly cut through 8″ of concrete to get access to a woman wedged between two concrete walls 8″ apart in the City of Santa Ana this afternoon,” they shared on Facebook.

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“The woman was extricated 2.5 hours later and treated by firefighter paramedics. The patient was transported to the hospital. It is unknown how she got there.”

It’s still not known — or at least, has not been shared — how the woman got stuck between the buildings in the first place, but it’s a mercy she was found when she was.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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