An ordinary evacuation via the stairs was not possible because 53-year-old Alain could not even get through the door of his bedroom. He had lived there for quite some time on the ground.
“I’m tired of it,” said the obese man several months ago. “I am at the end of my strength. I am very tired.” Alain is now released from his hopeless situation.
Dozens of people were mobilized for the rescue operation in the narrow streets of Perpignan: police officers, firefighters and medical teams. To liberate the fifties, part of the facade on the first floor was first demolished. Then a heavy lifting platform with a container was used. Alain Panabière brought it safely to the ground floor.