WATCH: Kentucky candle factory worker live-streams after building collapses: ‘We are trapped’

WATCH: Kentucky candle factory worker live-streams after building collapse: ‘We are trapped’

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A candle factory employee in Kentucky live-streamed his escape from the rubble on Saturday as the company building collapsed.

Calvin Jewell told The Lexington Herald-Leader that he was working when his employer, Fray Ivory Candle Co., called to let him know that his co-workers were trapped in the same building.

“The people from the plant were calling me, but I wasn’t really able to talk to them because I couldn’t get there,” Jewell said. “They were all stuck, so I was just trying to stay calm, and I asked for directions.”

Jewell told the Herald-Leader that he was able to alert his wife of the collapse by phone, and waited for help to arrive, finally able to communicate with a third employee via text message.

“I told him, ‘Leave everything down here, go anywhere you can,” Jewell said. “You need to find the exit in case we can’t get out of here.”

WATCH: Kentucky candle factory worker live-streams after building collapse: ‘We are trapped’

In a second video posted to Facebook, Jewell walks with his arm around the side of the building, while hundreds of bystanders gather around.

“We are trapped, we are trapped,” Jewell tells the camera. “All we are doing is inching our way to the exit.”

The Herald-Leader reported that the building also housed a non-profit organization, and that three people have been rescued from the rubble.

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