Worker trapped in hole when old Charleston foundation wall collapses

Rescue crews remove a construction worker from a hole at 121 Church St.

A man working on an old house foundation in downtown Charleston was trapped in a hole for about an hour Thursday morning after bricks collapsed on his legs.

The accident at 121 Church St. was reported about 8:50 a.m. Several dozen rescue workers, firefighters and police officers responded, blocking off the street between Broad and Chalmers.

Crews shored up the adjacent walls to make sure they were safe before trying to free the worker, Fire Department spokesman Ryan Kunitzer said. The worker was brought out around 9:40 a.m. and loaded into an ambulance. A condition report was not immediately available, but fellow workers said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The tan stucco building at 121 Church St. is being renovated, according to the posted notice. The accident was in a hole about 10 feet deep between 121 and 125 Church St.

City officials will determine when work can resume, Kunitzer said.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.