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Fire Department Rescues Man Trapped Inside Pit

Amarillo firefighters rescued a man from a chemical slurry this afternoon.

The Amarillo Fire Department reported the officers were dispatched to a the report of man stuck in a pit in the area of 100 S. Tyler. When fire crews arrived at 1:25pm, employees on scene said that they were the first to arrive and were preparing to wash out one of their trucks when they noticed movement in the bottom of the pit. Upon investigation, they realized it was a person.

Fire crews put a ladder in the pit and were able to lift the man and place him on a back board. The back board was then pulled up the ladder using ropes. The man was extracted from the pit at 1:34pm.

The man pulled from the pit was conscious and said that he had been stuck there overnight. Due to the chemical slurry inside of the pit, the man was suffering from severe chemical burns and was airlifted the University Medical Center Burn Center in Lubbock.

Thirteen firefighters were on-scene at the time of the rescue.

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