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Boston firefighters rescue man stuck in downtown elevator

In a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood action movie, Boston firefighters transferred a man in a stuck elevator Friday through the hatch in the ceiling to another elevator that carried him to safety.

Fire officials received reports of the stuck elevator at about 9:44 a.m. at 33 Arch St., a 22-story office building downtown. After identifying the broken elevator, which was stuck between the second and third floors, and speaking to the trapped man, firefighters confirmed he had no pressing medical issues.

“As long as there are no medical issues, we take our time,” said Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. “We don’t want to break the elevator, because people don’t want to walk 22 floors.”


Firefighters spent about 70 minutes performing the rescue. Officials locked a functioning elevator next to the elevator car where the man was trapped and cut the power.

Firefighters then climbed out of the working elevator’s hatch, walked from one elevator roof to the other, opened the broken elevator’s hatch, and placed a ladder into the immobile car. The man climbed out and then climbed into the other car, MacDonald said.

No injuries were reported, and after firefighters left at 11:15 .a.m., an elevator mechanic remained on scene to determine the cause of the stoppage and to repair it, said MacDonald.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.