Daytona Beach’s Hilton Resort was the scene of a nightmarish scenario last Friday night when 24 individuals were trapped in an elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters pulling them up through the elevator shaft. The event, which happened at the Daytona Beach hotel located at 100 N. Atlantic Avenue, is believed to have started around 9:40pm.
Sasha Staton, the spokesperson for the Daytona Beach Fire Department has issued a statement that outlines how the 24 victims were in the one of the Hilton’s north tower elevators, somewhere between the lobby and the third floor of the building, when the elevator stopped moving.
Authorities were notified immediately and the firefighters quickly responded to the scene. Sasha Staton’s report went on to discuss how, after hotel staff alerted them to the fact that one of the people inside the elevator was complaining of a medical problem, the firefighters were forced to enter the elevator shaft itself, climb down to where the elevator was located, and gain access to its inside using the emergency hatch. Once the people were reachable, the firefighters began to ferry them, one at a time, up a pair of ladders they had arranged that led from the top of the elevator to the third floor of the building.
Sasha Staton’s report for the firefighting team indicates that all 24 individuals were removed safely and without incident. One of the 24 did experience dizziness and weakness inside of the elevator, but it is believed that they have been adequately treated for the incident.
As of this moment, there has been no statement on the part of the Hilton or on the part of the Daytona Beach fire department regard the reasons behind the accident. It is also not known how long the 24 individuals were trapped inside of the elevator, whether or not the elevator was filled beyond capacity, or even if all the individuals were staying at the hotel. No names have been released, and it is not clear whether or not there is an ongoing investigation into the incident that involves the Daytona Beach authorities or the Hilton’s own internal maintenance team.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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