On the evening of Saturday, November 9, at approximately 5:14 p.m. the Storm Lake Fire Department responded to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for a report of a small boy trapped in an elevator.
Firefighters determined that a 10-year old boy was trapped in an elevator between the 2nd and 3rd floor. Fire crews responded to the second and third floors and working with the medical center personnel made several unsuccessful attempts to get the elevator doors opened.
When it became evident that the doors were not opening by an elevator key, the fire department personnel cut an opening in the elevator door on the second floor to determine what was going on with the locking system. The Fire Department accessed the locking mechanism by removing the skin of the door and was able to open the second floor door. They then determined the elevator car was above the second floor at the third floor. Firefighters were able to activate the locking mechanism on the third floor and opened the door.
Firefighters helped the boy from the elevator. The young boy said he was getting warm while he was trapped, but otherwise remained calm. He was checked out in the emergency room and released.
The boy's grandmother advised fire department personnel that she believed he was in the elevator for approximately two hours. The Fire Department believed a malfunction in the elevator controls caused a loss of power. The elevator was placed out of service until repairs can be made.
The Fire Department was on scene for approximately 90 minutes.