Crews rescue 25 people from stuck elevator

Crews rescue 25 people from stuck elevator


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Officials had to rescue 25 people from an overloaded elevator in downtown Knoxville on Friday night, according to the Knoxville Fire Department.

It happened around 10 p.m. in the Plaza Tower.  The passengers were on their way to Club LeConte for a fraternity party when the elevator became stuck between the lobby and eighteenth floor.

Rescue teams went to the electrical housing at the top of the building.

The group averaged 20 years in age and was uncooperative with firefighters.  This delayed the rescue for over an hour.

The Knoxville Police Department was also called to control a second rowdy crowd in the lobby.

The elevator was taken out of service so a maintenance engineer could check for damages.

No injuries were reported.

KFD says people should always obey the recommended occupancy load printed inside an elevator.  Also, never test the integrity of an elevator by jumping once inside.

In case of an emergency, it is safest to remain inside the elevator until rescue personnel arrive. You should never jump from an opened elevator door to the floor below if stuck between floors because you could fall into the elevator shaft.      

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