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DeKalb firefighters free 4 people stuck in Lincoln Tower elevator

DeKALB – Four people were trapped in an elevator Monday evening at Lincoln Tower after it was recently put back in service after being condemned.

DeKalb Fire Chief Jeff McMaster said the DeKalb Fire Department responded to a call shortly after 9:15 p.m. Monday at the apartment complex at 1100 W. Lincoln Highway for people trapped in an elevator stuck between the fifth and sixth floors of Lincoln Tower.

“They had to isolate the elevator, take power away from it, open the door with special keys and hand tools,” McMaster said Tuesday. “They had to lower a ladder down into the elevator to get the people out.”

McMaster said no one was injured, but the four people were stuck for about 30 minutes.

There are two elevators in Lincoln Tower, McMaster said, and both were condemned in July. After some work by the owners, Hunter Properties, the Illinois State Fire Marshal lifted the condemnation about a month ago, he said.

“Since then, they’ve had a couple of breakdowns of their elevator system,” McMaster said. “They are always in various flux of operation.”

McMaster said that after the elevator rescue, firefighters took it out of service. The property owners had remedied the situation as of Tuesday morning.

“As of right now they are both back in service,” McMaster said.

During an Aug. 23 visit to Lincoln Tower to interview a renter, Daily Chronicle reporters observed one of the elevators filled with an abandoned couch.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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