Firefighters rescue worker from Phoenix rooftop

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PHOENIX -- A 40-year-old man is recovering in the hospital after he collapsed on the roof of a Phoenix business Friday morning.

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Worker collapses on rooftop - A man is recovering in the hospital after he collapsed on the roof of a Phoenix business Friday morning.

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The man was installing an air-conditioner on the roof of Drug Plastics Closures, Inc. near University Drive and Interstate 10.

Fellow workers said the man was complaining of back pain right before he collapsed.

"He was walking and he had an intense pain, went to his knees and that was it," said Mac Savage with American Mechanical Service. "He couldn't move."

By the time rescue crews got to the roof, the man could not move at all.

Phoenix fire Capt. Dorian Jackson said they do not know what caused him to lose feeling in his legs.

Firefighters had to use their giant ladder to get him down from the building.

Jackson said the worker was in a lot of pain and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

It is not known if the heat played a factor in the incident, but his company will look into it.