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Man on mobility device falls down elevator shaft at TCH building

Last Updated Apr 11, 2019 at 5:16 pm EDT

A 45-year-old man using a mobility device suffered non-life threatening injuries after falling down an elevator shaft at a Toronto Community Housing building in the city’s downtown core.

Toronto Fire crews were called to the building on 248 Simcoe Street near Dundas Street West just after 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

“They arrived to find a patient at the bottom of an elevator shaft and a scooter that had fallen down with him,” Capt. Adrian Ratushniak said.

Fire officials said the man fell about 50 feet from the third floor and was rescued from the bottom of the shaft in the basement.

Firefighters believe the scooter may have broken his fall and saved his life.

The man was taken to hospital with leg injuries.

Police and officials with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority are investigating the incident.

“Based on damage to the elevator door which occurred today, we believe the cause of the incident was vandalism,” read a statement from Toronto Community Housing. “Both of the building’s elevators were newly installed in September 2018, and both were in good working order at the time of the incident and had passed all recent safety inspections.”