ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Atlantic City firefighters rescued more than a dozen people trapped in an elevator.
The Atlantic City Fire Department posted on Facebook that 14 people were stuck in an elevator for several hours at the Tropicana Casino & Resort on Saturday.READ MORE: Teammates, Coaches Hold Emotional Vigil For Tyler Norton, Boy Killed In Pottstown House Fire
The elevator suddenly stopped between the sixth and seventh floors.
Firefighters deployed a rope rescue and haul system to get to the trapped individuals and pulled them over 100 feet to safety.
“The next opening wasn’t until the 15th floor, so when we began extrication operations it took a considerable amount of time to get each occupant out,” said Atlantic City Fire Department Chief Scott Evans.READ MORE: Veterans Transform Historic Train Station Into 'Incredibly Special' Cafe In Radnor Township
Each person had to put on a harness and go outside the elevator so they could be lifted up. Each trip took about 15 minutes.
“The people in the elevator were stressed out. The elevator was overcrowded,” said Evans. “There were 14 people in there, so that became a problem right away.”
The individuals were stuck in a “blind shaft” elevator.MORE NEWS: Mama-Tee's Effort To Combat Food Insecurity During Pandemic Expands Into Pop-Up Grocery Store
No injuries were reported.