Man rescued from smoky, stuck elevator

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Posted: Jan 8, 2014 3:27 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 8, 2014 3:27 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- A man had an experience he'd likely rather forget inside a downtown high-rise Wednesday.

Emergency crews were called to the Chase Bank building on Laurel Street about a man being stuck in an elevator that was filling up with smoke. The man was trapped between the eight and ninth floors.

The motor on the freight lift had burned up firefighters said and the car became smokey and stopped between the two floors.

Some workers inside the building were evacuated and trickled to ground level where a WBRZ photographer found them sitting on the curb, waiting to be allowed back inside.

Firefighters accessed the man with an elevator key and released him from the smokey car. He was taken to an area hospital to be checked by doctors but paramedics believe he was not seriously injured.
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