Woman Rescued After Falling 40 Feet in Building Near U Street

by Tim Regan August 15, 2016 at 8:20 am 5 Comments

Firefighters rescue woman near U Street Aug 2016, photo via Twitter : D.C. Fire and EMS

(Updated at 10:55 a.m.) Firefighters rescued a woman who fell nearly 40 feet while working on a school building near U Street yesterday evening.

The incident happened inside the Garnet-Patterson Middle School building (2001 10th St. NW) around 7 p.m. yesterday, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. The middle school — which shuttered in 2013 — currently houses students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Firefighters said a woman was working to remove asbestos when she fell through a “wet wall” in an attic and got stuck between two brick walls on the first floor of the building. Members of the fire department used a motorized tool to help free the woman.

The woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but a representative for D.C. Fire and EMS said she is “going to be ok.”

Photo via D.C. Fire and EMS

  • RL

    It wasn’t just any “building”. It was the Garnett Patterson DC Public School.

    • Borderstan

      A representative for D.C. Fire and EMS told us it was at a building “across the street from the school” but did not specify which one.

      • RL

        There is no other building 40 feet tall across from the school. The emergency vehicles lined the whole school along 10th from U Street to V Street. The EMTs and fire personnel were in the school. The school doors were opened and they were going into and out of the school doors. They also dragged a fire hose into the school. No other building was receiving attention.

        • Borderstan

          Thanks for the additional details. We’ll reach out to D.C. Fire for clarification on what they told us yesterday evening and update the story as needed.

          • Borderstan

            Hi RL — you were right. D.C. Fire and EMS said there was initial confusion about the address, which is why they told us it was across the street. We’ve updated our story. Thank you for letting us know!


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