Elevator malfunction prompts closure of Calgary Tower

Elevator malfunction prompts closure of Calgary Tower


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Elevator malfunction prompts closure of Calgary Tower

POSTMEDIA NEWS Updated: July 14, 2019

The Calgary Tower is the 54th tallest structure in Canada. CHRISTINA RYAN / SWERVE

The city’s most recognizable landmark, the Calgary Tower, has been shut down indefinitely after eight people had to be rescued from an elevator after a cable broke, trapping its occupants 12-storeys up.

short message was posted to the tower’s website Sunday saying that the 191-metre-tall attraction in the downtown was closed for repairs following the incident, which occurred about 10:30 p.m. Friday. There was no indication when it would reopen.

“Due to repair work on our elevators, the Calgary Tower is closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience,” was the message posted to the tower’s web page.

The Calgary Fire Department’s technical rescue team was called in to help evacuate the stranded passengers, harnessing those trapped inside through a hatch to be transferred to a second waiting elevator parallel to the one that had been secured by emergency crews.

None of those trapped in the elevator car were injured.

Those who remained in the Sky 360 Restaurant and Lounge atop the tower were taken down to ground level by firefighters using the stairs.

Rescue crews were on the scene for about four hours.

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