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Worker Freed From N.Y. Building

September 9, 2003

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ A ceiling on the top floor of a building under renovation in downtown Buffalo collapsed Tuesday, injuring a construction worker who was trapped in the rubble for more than an hour.

A demolition crew was using an excavator to break down a wall on the top floor when part of the ceiling fell in, authorities said.

``I heard a hell of a noise. Immediately guys were screaming `Go get the police, go get somebody.′ So I ran down and got help,″ said Mike Daruszka of Ellicott Maintenance, who was outside the building at the time.

Four workers got out safely. The trapped man was conscious and talking, Rural Metro Ambulance spokesman Mike Hughes said. He was later lowered from the building on firefighting equipment.

The six-story former hotel had been closed for 10 years and was being renovated as apartments, authorities said. Several blocks in downtown Buffalo were closed after the collapse.

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