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Young girl rescued from elevator shaft

Utica Fire Department responded to a call at Michael Walsh Apartments after a young girl fell into the elevator shaft.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 11:25 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - Utica Fire Department responded to a call at Michael Walsh Apartments after a young girl fell into the elevator shaft.

Crews arrived on scene around 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The original call that came in said someone was stuck in the elevator, but when crews got to the apartment building, they could hear a little girl crying at the bottom of the elevator shaft. 

The Deputy Chief for the Utica Fire Department said his crews worked quickly to shut down the power, open the doors, and rescue the girl. 

Fire crews said they think she fell at least three feet and was transported to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. There is no word on her injuries at this time. 

The deputy chief said the girl appeared to be about nine years old, and they are not sure how this could have happened. He also said people that live in the building told him kids are always playing near the elevator. 

"I've never seen a shaft where a child has fallen in the time I've been on the job," Guy Gazzilli, Deputy Chief said. "Children should never be on the elevator by themselves, they should always be with an adult. Again, we don't hear about this very often but for sure, you should not be playing around an elevator, it's a heavy piece of equipment and it should be taken serious."

Fire crews stayed on scene with the elevator company to make sure proper steps are taken to get the right inspections done to find out how this happened.

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