Man rescued after roof collapses when car hit fire hydrant

Fire officials rescued an older man trapped under a piano after a roof collapsed when a car hit a fire hydrant near a coffee and sandwich business, officials said.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. by the intersection of Redondo Avenue and 10th Street, said Capt. Jack Crabtree, spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department.

The older man was inside the business, Royal Cup Cafe, and when the roof collapsed, authorities said. Some of the roof may have landed on the piano, which then fell on him, Crabtree said.

LBFD removed the piano, got him out of the building and treated him on scene for minor injuries; he did not need to be transported to the hospital, Crabtree said.

The driver of the car did not sustain any injuries, he said. The driver sheared the hydrant and firefighters arrived at the scene with “just the geyser of the hydrant,” he said.

The Long Beach Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment. It was not clear what caused the car to careen into the hydrant.

Crabtree said it was not known whether the water pressure from the hydrant caused the roof to collapse; authorities are investigating.

This story has been updated with additional information from the Long Beach Fire Department.

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