Construction worker rescued from collapsed Wahiawa home

Construction worker rescued from collapsed Wahiawa home 10PM Update
A home collapsed in Wahiawa (Image: Hawaii News Now)
A home collapsed in Wahiawa (Image: Hawaii News Now)

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A plantation-style Wahiawa home that was being renovated collapsed Tuesday, trapping a worker underneath the rubble.

"Very very scary! I mean there's somebody pinned under a house right now," said one eyewitness.

Good Samaritans sprung into action to help rescue the pinned man until first responders arrived.

"We started pounding the roof trying to find out where he was, find out he was on the opposite side. Bust in the roof, by the time I finally got inside...buggah was underneath pinned," said Kalani Kepoo.

"He was aware of everything what was going on around him but I know he was definitely in pain. So I was just telling him, 'Braddah we right here.' Pounding the roof and all the debris on his face," Kepoo said.

The collapse of the four-bedroom home on Walker Street happened about 1:29 p.m. Some 21 firefighters responded to the scene, and were able to free the 30-year-old man about 2:08 p.m. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries to his left knee.

"Just having a house collapse is very rare and then looking back at that house, you would think the injuries would be extremely extensive. But to only have a left knee injury is remarkable," said Shayne Enright, Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman

The worker was talking to firefighters while they worked to free him. Four other workers at the home when it collapsed were able to escape without injury.

"Even in the extraction, it was very dangerous because we had live wires under the building where we're working at the time. To get him out with whatever injuries he sustained from the building collapse was amazing," said Battalion Chief Paul Fukuda.

It's unknown why the home collapsed, but neighbors and witnesses said it is a very old home that appeared to have been infested with termites.

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