LINCOLN–(KFOR July 15)–A contractor doing some work inside the animal shelter at the Nebraska Animal Medical Center near 56th and Old Cheney Road on Monday was hurt, after a partial collapse of a ceiling.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue was called around 9:30am and when crews showed up, they found a worker pinned under the portion of ceiling that collapsed, spokesperson Nancy Crist told KFOR News at the scene.  She says they used airbags to create some space to remove the worker.

“We were able to free the victim within just a few minutes,” Crist said.  “The victim has been transported to the hospital.”  Police say the victim was in critical condition.

LFR, Lincoln Police, Building and Safety officials, along with fire investigators and Animal Control were all at the scene.  Animal Control manager Steve Beal said they were transporting up to between 16 to 20 pets to the Pieloch Adoption Center for temporary shelter, since there was concern about the integrity of the building where the collapse happened.

Pet owners were also allowed to come pick up their pets from the medical center’s daycare facility and take them home.