Housekeeper trapped in elevator for 3 days gets rescued

Housekeeper trapped in elevator for 3 days gets rescued

Housekeeper trapped in elevator for 3 days gets rescued

A woman has been rescued from an elevated in NY after she was trapped for three days. The FDNY responded and forced open the door, and the woman was transported to a local hospital.

A woman was rescued on Monday after being trapped in the elevator of a billionaire's Manhattan townhouse for an entire weekend. Firefighters freed the housekeeping employee after forcing entry into the elevator.

The townhouse is owned by Warren Stephens, the head of the Little Rock, Arkansas-based financial firm Stephens Inc, who according to Forbes is worth an estimated $2.6bn. Authorities say she is dehydrated but in a stable condition. Warren Stephens and his wife, Harriet, were out of town when the elevator of their town house got stuck between the second and third floors.

After over 60 hours inside the elevator, 53-year-old Marites Fortaliza was finally released when someone finally heard her calls for help and dialled 911.

The cause of the incident is now under investigation.

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A spokesperson for Stephens said Fortaliza has worked for the family for 18 years and described her as "extended family".

"She said she's doing fine", the neighbor said, adding that Stephens gave Fortaliza the week off.

The New York Post reports that an unidentified man at the townhouse refused to let a city Department of Buildings inspector inside to check out the lift in question.

According to state regulations, elevators that don't have an emergency button or inbuilt phone are required to have regular servicing to prevent occurrences like the one Ms Fortaliza endured.

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