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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Lakeview Apartments residents rescued from broken elevator

  • Emergency responders had to rescue two people trapped in an elevator Saturday morning at the Lakeview Apartments in Bath.
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  • Emergency responders had to rescue two people trapped in an elevator Saturday morning at the Lakeview Apartments in Bath.
    The Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded just before 9:30 a.m. Saturday to a call that two people were trapped in an elevator in the five-story apartment building at 105 Geneva St. in Bath.
    The elevator had stopped just below the level of the building’s fifth floor.
    Lakeview Apartments is a low-income housing facility for elderly residents.
    According to a press release from the fire department, a special key normally used to release stuck elevator doors didn’t work because of a mechanical failure.
    Firefighters tried using hand tools to access the elevator, allowing them to make contact with those trapped inside and ensure that they were uninjured.
    Ultimately firefighters used “Jaws of Life” to open the elevator doors, after which the occupants, along with a power wheelchair, were lifted out of the elevator to safety.
    The rescue took about an hour, according to fire department spokesman John Conrad.
    After the trapped passengers were rescued, there was some difficulty getting the building’s other elevator back into service.
    Firefighters and the Ambulance Corps therefore spent some time during the day helping residents move from floor to floor and carrying power chairs and walkers.

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