Peterborough firefighters received applause when they rescued a man from a collapsed trench Sunday afternoon.

At around 2 p.m., the Peterborough fire services were called to a home on Brioux Avenue at the southern end of the city.

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There they found a man who was trapped waist-deep in the ground after a trench partially collapsed, platoon leader Don Broersma said.

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He said up to 15 firefighters worked for more than an hour, using a specialized “methodically controlled” trench rescue operation to rescue the man safely.

Part of the operation consisted of placing trench shoring boxes along the trench walls to prevent further collapse.

The man was in a good mood, seen smiling as firefighters carried him to a paramedic’s stretcher. Passersby applauded the firefighters.

Firefighters assembled trench shoring boxes to stabilize the trench before attempting to remove the man.

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The man was taken to Peterborough Regional Health Center with unknown injuries.

The cause of the trench collapse has yet to be determined.

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