First responders at plant collapse describe chaotic scene with mass casualties

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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00 am

In the shattered remains of what had been the International Nutrition plant, four Omaha firefighters worked calmly but furiously to free a man trapped in the rubble.

Operating in darkness, with ice-cold water pouring down on them from a broken fire sprinkler line overhead, they used their hands and a rotary saw to pull away the concrete and steel that pinned the man's legs to the floor.

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