MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man is recovering Friday morning after falling nearly 40 feet in an abandoned grain elevator in north Minneapolis.
According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, crews received a call around 12:15 a.m. that someone had fallen in the Freun Mill Complex near Thomas and Glenwood Avenues North.READ MORE: None Hurt After Minneapolis Crews Battle 5 Fires Over 8-Hour Period
Upon arrival, crews learned that a man and two friends had been urban exploring in the mill.
While in the mill, the man fell roughly 40 feet from one of the lower towers.
Assistant Chief of Operations, Charles Brynteson, said the man suffered serious face injuries and possibly a broken leg. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.READ MORE: Man Dies After Dispute Leads To Shooting In North Minneapolis
“It’s an unfortunate incident. I’d like to remind the public to stay out of these buildings. They are trespassing, they’re breaking the law and they’re taking their lives into their own hands,” Brynteson said. “Once people are in these positions it is sometimes very difficult for us, very challenging and, quite frankly, very risky for us to come in and remove them from these buildings that have been vacant for as long as these buildings have.”
It took two hours to get the man out of the complex. He was then transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.
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Crews are currently trying to figure out how the people gained access to the mill.