Man rescued after trying to jump rooftops, falling between buildings

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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Man rescued after falling between 2 buildings in Oakland

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Emergency crews rescued a man who was stuck between two buildings for about four hours early Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

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The man fell about 2 a.m. when he tried jumping from the roof of the Bruegger's Bagels up to the roof of the Qdoba Mexican Grill on Forbes Avenue, according to officials. A police spokeswoman said the man was with his girlfriend at the time of the accident and was trying to impress her.

The man fell three stories into the space between the buildings, which is between 16 inches and 18 inches.

Emergency crews cut through walls from inside the Qdoba to reach the man. At one point during the rescue, a rope was used to lower a paramedic between the buildings to check on the man, who told rescuers that he was going numb.

The man was wheeled out on a gurney about 6 a.m. and was alert, even waving to a WPXI camera. He was taken to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital.

Forbes Avenue was closed between Oakland Avenue and Atwood Street during the rescue.

Bruegger's Bagels opened later than usual because of the incident, prompting the restaurant to put the following message to guests in its window:

"Today, August 23rd, we will not be opening til 7 a.m. due the man who thought it would be a good idea to jump our rooftop to impress his girlfriend and got stuck between the building walls!"