HFD rescues worker overcome by heat in downtown tunnel

HOUSTON – Rescue crews rushed to the George R. Brown Convention Center Monday afternoon to help a worker who was overcome by the heat.

The construction worker was 20 feet below street level in the 1700 block of Walker when he began to experience symptoms of heat exhaustion.

Houston Fire Department crews lowered a basket and lifted him up.

The worker was conscious and talking.

He was taken to a hospital by ambulance and is expected to be OK.

"We always get heat-related calls in the summer, especially with all the construction going on," said HPD Capt. Billy Martin. "There's no breeze so people below ground are more susceptible."

It was the second Stokes basket rescue of the day for Martin and HFD Station 11.

They were in southwest Houston Monday morning to rescue another construction worker. He was using a universal saw on a rooftop when the blade broke off and landed in his chest.

A few pieces of the blade were stuck in his chest and he was taken to the hospital in serious condition.


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