Mother and Child Rescued From Elevator

Mother and her 18-month-old daughter were stuck in an elevator for more than two hours on Tuesday.

Firefighters on Tuesday rescued a mother and her 18-month-old daughter from a malfunctioned elevator, said Jeff Peters, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department battalion chief.

Emergency crews at about 6:30 p.m. were sent to the storage facility on Northfront Road for a report of people stuck inside an elevator.

"The mother and daughter had been stuck in the elevator for an hour already," Peters said of when firefighters arrived on scene. "There was an unusual construction in the elevator that blocked our tools to gain access."

Firefighters eventually were able to open the elevator — which Peters said was slightly stuck in between floors — an hour later by using airbags to force the doors to open.

No injuries were reported in the incident and the mother and daughter were in good spirits when firefighters opened the elevator, Peters said.

"The 18-month-old child didn't cry once," he said. "Pretty impressive."

Mr. Pickles July 25, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Rule of thumb here. If you are ever unfortunate enough to get stuck in an elevator. There is a call button on the control panel. Press the botton and call for assistance in English. Never try to shimmy yourself through the top hatch. You will be ticketed a $6000 fine and subject to alot of public humiliation.
Dave Gordon July 25, 2012 at 03:27 PM
That;s an interesting statement. What is your source for the fine?
Demma Aring Finn July 25, 2012 at 03:59 PM
My husband and I were stuck in that elevator once last year (and yes we used the call button). Fortunately it started up again after acouple of minutes. I know that elevator has problems if there has been a power blackout or surge. I am glad that the mother and child were resucued safely.
James Buckley July 25, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Sounds like the building department did a poor job of inspecting the original type of construction of the elevator when it was built. More than one hour to get the elevator open would be a lawsuit on my part for : Extra Space Storage. I would have all the storage space I ever wanted or needed, for my future. Someone could have died from a panic attack being confined for over two hours in a unsafe and poorly constructed elevator.
Cmilos July 25, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Daniel is referencing to yesterday's post about $6k fine for the woman who crossed the train tracks. Never know what your fine will be! Play it safe
david July 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Mr. Buckley thanks for not making several long-winded posts, brevity is a virtue!
Trevor Tooze July 26, 2012 at 04:44 AM
You do seem to know it all!
LeliaVollmer July 26, 2012 at 09:41 AM
Doesn't the State require an annual inspection? What about routine maintenance? You just don't build an elevator and expect it to operate without problems.
i'mjustsaying July 28, 2012 at 07:19 AM
I used to have an upstairs unit at that same Extra Space Storage Facility, that elevator used to slam closed with a person or storage cart in between the doors. The elevator permit was always expired! Good luck using the call button on the elevator, no one would come! One time leaving there at 9:50(closes at 10:00p.m.) the gate wouldn't open-I was locked inside! The on-site manager wasn't home to open gate, the 800 # had me on hold for 35mins without resolution, I had to call the Livermore Police who finally contacted someone to let me out 45 minutes later!! I'm pretty sure it's illegal to lock a person inside a gated facility-what if there was an emergency!!! The money they charge for those units-everything should be top of the line and up to date!!
Becky July 31, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I hope the mom and child had air-conditioning. I agree that the unit needs to be fixed before someone gets hurt.
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