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Boston firefighters rescue two workers dangling 12 stories above the ground in Chinatown

Boston Fire Department rescued two workers from a scaffold malfunction from a 14 Story high rise at 23 Harrison Ave in Boston's Chinatown.
Boston Fire Department rescued two workers from a scaffold malfunction from a 14 Story high rise at 23 Harrison Ave in Boston's Chinatown.Boston Fire Department

Two male workers left dangling 12 stories above the ground when their scaffolding partially failed were saved by Boston firefighters in Chinatown about 11 a.m. Thursday, the department said.

The men were working on the exterior of a high-rise building at 230 Harrison Ave. when the lines on the right hand side of the scaffolding suddenly let go.

One of the men was hanging from his safety rope when officials arrived at the scene, while the other was clinging to the scaffolding, said Brian Alkins, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department.

Firefighters used one of the department’s ladder trucks to reach toward the men on the scaffolding. Alkins said firefighters entered the building and broke open one window to pull in the man who was still on the scaffolding, and rescued the other through an open window.

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The rescue lasted about five or six minutes. Both men were evaluated by Boston EMS but have no major injuries, Alkins said.

The cause of the scaffolding’s malfunction remains under investigation.

Scaffolding hung from a high-rise building at 230 Harrison Ave. in Boston.
Scaffolding hung from a high-rise building at 230 Harrison Ave. in Boston.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff






John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.