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Boy, 15, Pulled From Ventilation Shaft After Grate Collapses

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(CBS) – A 15-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday after he fell into a ventilation shaft outside the Flossmoor Public Library.

The outdoor grates on which the teen was standing gave way around 5:10 p.m. and he fell 20 feet, Fire Department Chief Chris Sewell said.

Firefighters roped up and lowered themselves 20 feet down the shaft.

“They had to package him up and then they had to lift him out of there,” Sewell said.

Immediate information was not available about the teen’s condition. His mother went with him to Christ Hospital, Sewell said.

The incident is under investigation.