Elevator malfunctions, traps 3 people in downtown Chevron building

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by Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 1:40 PM

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HOUSTON -- Firefighters were called Thursday morning to rescue three people stuck in a downtown Houston elevator for more than an hour and a half.

One woman was taken to the hospital for observations due to stress.
 
The building where the incident occurred is the former headquarters for Enron, which is now occupied by Chevron. 
 
"From my understanding, the elevator was traveling up and it went past where it was supposed to stop and when that happened, the elevator automatically stopped working," said Chevron spokesman Russell Johnson.  "We will investigate and make sure it doesn't happen again."
 
Employees reported hearing a loud bang shortly before the elevator became stuck near the 50th floor. 
 
Houston firefighters said the one woman and two men had to crawl out of an escape hatch in the ceiling of the elevator car. Firefighters took a working elevator to get near the broken one and walked across a beam to get to the victims.
 
"We were able to send our harnesses down along with two firefighters to pull them back up through the hatch," said HFD spokesman Jay Evans.

Everyone made it out safely around 10 a.m.

Chevron said it would have mechanics look at the elevator to determine exactly why it malfunctioned.

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