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Man rescued after fall in vacant Minneapolis grain bin

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It took dozens of firefighters about four hours to rescue a man injured while exploring vacant grain bins near Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood early Thursday.

The Minneapolis Fire Department was called to the vacant Thomas Avenue North building around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday because a man had fallen 60 feet down a grain bin, KSTP reports.

The St. Paul Fire Department was called in to assist in a technical rescue and they freed the man around 3:45 a.m. Thursday, KARE 11 says.

KSTP says the man fell from the top of the structure and broke his jaw and had several serious cuts. KARE 11 says he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, but his condition is not known.

There was another man and a woman also at the scene. At least one of them was believed to have been inside the grain bin with the man who fell, but neither was injured, reports say.

FOX 9 says the grain bin is a popular spot for urban explorers.

Others have gotten hurt or died from falls at the grain facility. A 32-year-old Burnsville man fell to his death when a concrete beam gave way in 2006 and a Robbinsdale teenager survived a 50-foot fall at the same building in 2005, according to the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association.

The property is owned by Fruen Mill Partners, LLC., according to current Hennepin County property tax records. Several plans to rehabilitate the property have been announced over the years, but have never gotten off the ground.

The most recent plans were announced last November. A condo development has been among proposed plans for the site.

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