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Three Firefighters and a Close Call

A rapid descent from a bucket on a rig.

June 25, 2014 - Three firefighters working in a tower truck are sent to the hospital after a frightening plunge Wednesday night.

It happened around 7:00PM outside the Wattsburg Fire Hall on Route 8.

The victims were in the bucket on a rig from the Belle Valley Fire DepartmenT, about 70 feet up, installing new equipment on a radio tower when the ladder started retracting in what was described as a "rapid descent".

Firefighters at the scene say a cable snapped and the ladder's descent lasted about fifty feet before coming to a sudden stop.

All three firefighters. one from the Wattsburg Department and two from Belle Valley, were taken to UPMC Hamot with what are described as non life-threatening injuries.

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