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Roof collapse claims life

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By The Staff

By SUSAN SHARP

sharp@lafollettepress.com

Just after 3 p.m. last Thursday, emergency crews were sent to assist a man pinned under a collapsed roof, 911 records have reported.

The man, identified by officials as Glen Nelson, was working on removing the trailer when the roof gave way.

“It was a very hectic scene,” said Daniel Lawson, a member of the LaFollette Rescue Squad.

After a preliminary survey of the situation, Lawson said the decision was made to remove the debris Nelson was trapped under a section at a time.  

Although the structure was a singlewide trailer, it had “house style roof” with trusses, according to Lawson.

“Anytime you have a structure collapse it is delicate work for everyone,” Lawson said.

Using equipment that ranged from rescue saws to chain saws to various hand tools, LRS and Campbell County Rural Fire Service crews began the arduous task of cutting through shingles, metal, plywood and the trusses a section at a time.

The men were able to free Nelson in around 20 minutes.

Once Nelson was freed, multiple emergency service workers began performing medical services on him, Lawson said. This led to a near immediate transport to the emergency room where Nelson was officially pronounced dead.

Officials have said Nelson and others were working on dismantling the trailer when the accident occurred.

Personnel remained on the scene for nearly four hours continuing to remove potential hazards. Lawson said the LaFollette Fire Department and Caryville Fire Department joined the LRS and CCRFS in this task.

Nelson was buried in New Town, Ohio earlier this week.