Firefighters free 6 people during elevator rescue at Tower of the Americas

Firefighters free 6 people during elevator rescue at Tower of the Americas

Firefighters free 6 people during elevator rescue at Tower of the Americas

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by Andrew Delgado / KENS 5

KENS 5

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio firefighters rescued six people from a malfunctioning elevator at the Tower of the Americas over the course of 40 harrowing minutes Friday night.

The elevator was reported stuck at restaurant-level around 9:40 p.m.

Everyone was out by 10:20 p.m. and no injuries were reported. However, paramedics did check out one passenger's blood pressure.

Details about what could have caused the malfunction were not immediately available.

The Tower of the Americas is a free-standing 750-foot observation tower located at HemisFair Park. It's three elevators have a history of getting stuck.

In 2013, the elevators trapped passengers in, at least, three separate incidents. The last time, 14 people were inside.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation oversees businesses with elevators. Its website shows the most recent inspection at the Tower of the Americas was conducted September 2013.

By law, businesses are required to secure their own elevator inspector and submit the findings to the state annually.

Records can be found here.
 

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