- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Firefighters used a pair of ladders to rescue 14 people, including two children, who were trapped in an external elevator on San Antonio’s iconic Tower of the Americas.

The elevator that tracks up the stem of the 750-foot tower built for HemisFair ‘68 in downtown San Antonio stalled about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fire Department spokeswoman Deborah Foster says fire-rescue crews were called to the scene about 20 minutes later after attempts to restart the elevator failed.

One by one, firefighters brought occupants up a ladder to the top of the elevator car about 50 feet above the ground, then up a second ladder about 10 feet to an opening in the tower column. Firefighters carried the two children up the second ladder.

All occupants were rescued after two hours.



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