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Trump saved from stalled elevator

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Springs Fire Department says that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had to be rescued from an elevator that was stuck between the first and second floors of a resort.

In a statement released Saturday, the department says that it was called at 1:30 p.m. Friday to rescue about 10 people, including Trump, trapped inside the elevator at The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa resort.

The department says the firefighters opened the top elevator hatch and lowered a ladder into the elevator.Trump and the others used the ladder to climb out of the elevator to the second floor. The department says no injuries were reported.

Trump’s security team was given control of the hotel’s elevators during the event, said Perry Sanders Jr., an attorney who co-owns the hotel.

“The party were model guests but security insisted on having manual control of the elevators,” Sanders said.

After the occupants were rescued, technicians for the company that services the elevator determined that the machine became stuck because someone turned the manual key while the car was in motion, Sanders said.

The problem was fixed and the 4-year-old elevator was immediately put back in service, he added.

The Trump campaign confirmed that the incident occurred but offered no further details.

During a rally Friday at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Trump criticized the city’s fire marshal for limiting the number of people allowed to attend his speech at the building where the event was held. Fire Marshal Brett Lacey told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he had already agreed to allow a 10 percent increase in seating at the venue.

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