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Three rescued from Ritz-Carlton elevator

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Three people were trapped in a Gold Coast elevator Friday evening, but two of them had been rescued after about two hours.

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

The building houses a Ritz-Carlton hotel on its lower floors, and condominiums 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 9:30 p.m.

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 7 p.m., according to Langford.

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

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