Wilmington – Shortly before 10:00 this morning, Wilmington Firefighters on the B platoon were alerted to an elevator accident at 800 North King Street, according to Lieutenant Andrew Cavanaugh.
Cavanaugh Initial reports indicated that an elevator fell an unknown number of floors and there were an unknown number of injured passengers.
Fire department units arrived on scene and assessed the situations. Crews were able to determine one passenger was in the elevator and that the elevator fell approximately 6-8 feet.
Crews immediately secured power to the elevator that was stopped between the first floor and the basement floor. The adult male patient was reported to be alert but experiencing back pain.
The patient was packaged in a stokes basket and lifted from the elevator by Squad Company 4 and Ladder Company 1 through an approximate 3 foot opening.
The patient was turned over to St. Francis EMS and NCC Paramedics for evaluation and transport to the Wilmington Hospital. The scene was placed under control by the incident commander, Battalion Chief Michael Harris, at 10:20 AM.
Approximately 15 fire and EMS personnel responded to the accident. The following units responded: Skyboom 2, Squad 4, Ladder 1, Battalion-2, St. Francis EMS, and New Castle County Paramedics.