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Firefighters Rescue Local Teen Stuck Between Two Buildings In New York

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local teen who goes to school at New York University had to be rescued Sunday night after getting stuck between two buildings.

Asher Vongtau, 19, of Pittsburgh, was found stuck between a dorm building and garage around 5:30 p.m., according to our sister station WCBS in New York.

Vongtau’s mother rushed to New York after learning of the incident.

He was originally reported missing Saturday after falling from the dorm and wasn’t found until he was spotted on a security tape that showed Vongtau in a stairwell, WCBS reports. Vongtau was stuck in a shaft about 6 to 18 inches wide.

It took firefighters about an hour-and-a-half to get him out. Reportedly, he was alert and conscious throughout the incident.

“He was conscious, he was moving, but definitely tired,” said one firefighter. “Right now it’s undetermined how he got into the shaft — right now, we’re also not sure how long he’s been there.”

Friends say they saw Vongtau after a false fire alarm Saturday, but later reported him missing just after midnight — about 18 hours after they had seen him.

“Tried to get in contact with him, mentioning it to people if they had seen him,” said friend Colin Chenel, “or anything like that, but, you know, his phone was off, so it was difficult to get into contact — there was no contact.”

Fire marshals had to break through a cinder block wall in order to rescue Vongtau.

Vongtau was later taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

No word on how he got stuck.


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