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Three rescued from elevator at Ritz-Carlton Residences; one thought to be woman in her 90s

Firefighters rescued three people who had been trapped an elevator Friday night Ritz-CarltResidences Near North Side. |  Alex Wroblewski/For

Firefighters rescued three people who had been trapped in an elevator Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton Residences on the Near North Side. | Alex Wroblewski/For the Sun-Times

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Updated: July 8, 2014 11:27AM

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Three people were rescued from a Gold Coast elevator Friday evening after being trapped for several hours.

Firefighters on the scene at the Ritz-Carlton hotel lobby, 160 E. Pearson St., said they were going to wait to rescue the third person, a woman thought to be in her 90s, until they could move the elevator to a floor at which they could open the doors.

The building houses the Ritz-Carlton hotel on its lower floors, and the Ritz-Carlton Residences on higher floors, though all three people in the elevator are permanent residents of the hotel, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.

A man and woman in their 60s were out of the elevator by about 9 p.m. The third person was out by about 9:45 p.m. She was “relieved,” Langford said.

The elevator is in what is called a “blind shaft,” with no openings between the first floor of the building and its first stop, in the 33rd floor. The elevator cab had stopped about 10 floors up, fire officials said.

The three have been trapped in the elevator since about 5:55 p.m., according to Langford.

A manager at the hotel could not be reached immediately for comment Friday evening.

Contributing: Art Golab

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