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FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno firefighters had to improvise in order to transport the corpse of a 51-year-old man believed to weigh more than 800 pounds out of a residential hotel.
Fire Department spokesman Ken Shockley says firefighters needed to remove a wall of the second-floor apartment and use an intricate pulley system to extract the man Tuesday night.The body was wrapped in a large tarp when it reached the ground floor. Firefighters used the pulleys, rope and a gurney rated for 1,500 pounds to load the man into a coroner’s van.
Shockley says neighbors told firefighters that no one had seen the man walking around the hotel for more than a month.
Officials have not identified the man.
Information from: The Fresno Bee,http://www.fresnobee.com