Man who fell into wall opening less than a foot wide in serious condition

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters worked frantically for more than three hours Friday to free a man stuck between concrete walls near Ala Moana Center.

The man was trapped between the walls of the Walgreens on Kapiolani Boulevard and Heald College's parking structure.

HFD says he fell roughly 12-15 feet into the tight space that was no more than 10 inches wide.

The incident drew a large crowd on Makaloa Street.

"My friend told me that some guy was stuck between two walls, and I didn't believe him at first. I was like, how do you get stuck in between two walls?" witness Kekoa Roberts said.

More than 20 firefighters arrived at the scene just after 2 p.m.

For most of the afternoon, the sound of circular saws and jackhammers were heard cutting through the concrete wall.

He was freed at 5:25 p.m. – after being stuck for more than three and a half hours.

"It started as a tile wall and then a full concrete slab and then supported with rebar," Capt. Albert Mccollum of HFD said. "We had to cut through all that to get to his location."

Once freed, the 55-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Residents in the area say the man is homeless, and goes by the name of Mike. He has been known to frequent the area.

"To me, we gotta get this kind of people off the street. Let's do this. I mean he's stuck in there, and that's our taxpayer's money," John Jones, Kickin' Kajun restaurant owner said.

This story will be updated.

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