Worker rescued after falling into Scottsdale manhole

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A worker had to be rescued in Scottsdale Tuesday morning after he fell into a manhole.

It happened near Doubletree Ranch and Scottsdale roads.

The communications worker, a man in his 20s, reportedly fell into a hole and wound up trapped 25 feet below ground.

"It's a confined space; it's actually very tight," said Captain Reda Bigler with the Phoenix Fire Department. "It's not intended for people to be where he had actually fallen. There was no way out for him."

[WATCH: Phoenix Fire briefing on manhole rescue]

Technical rescue crews from Phoenix and Scottsdale were able to hoist the worker out of the hole to safety.

The man suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

"He has got some back pain and knee pain, but he is able to talk to us," said Bigler. "It didn't knock him out. He remembered everything that happened."

Fire officials say they have many concerns when doing a confined rescue like this. One of their main concerns is rescuer safety. "That's why we have lots of safety layers in place," said Bigler.

Having enough oxygen is also a concern in this type of rescue. But officials say heat was not a factor in today's incident.

[Google Map: Doubletree Ranch and Scottsdale roads]

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