Fruitland boy recovering after falling into sawdust pit

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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 12:00 am

PAYETTE — The Payette Fire Department is investigating an accident that occurred Friday afternoon where a 5-year-old Fruitland boy was seriously injured when he became buried in sawdust after falling into a pit at his father’s Payette business.

Payette Police Chief Mark Clark said the boy was with his father, Mark Dame, in the hopper area of Dame’s wood pellet business at 633 Second Ave. S. He said the two were around the sawdust pit when the boy fell in and became buried under about eight feet of sawdust. He said by the time officers, who arrived first to the scene, and the father were able to pull the boy out he had been buried for about three minutes and was not breathing.

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