Two fire trucks and two ambulances arrived at the Mantra on Mary Hotel about 10am on Saturday, after all of the lifts stopped working, trapping 15 people. Photo: Toby CrockfordA claustrophobe’s worst nightmare unfolded in a Brisbane city hotel on Saturday morning with 15 people stuck in an elevator.
Just before 10am emergency services arrived at the Mantra on Mary hotel after all of the lifts stopped working, one with 15 people inside.
“It’s lucky we got here when we did,” one firefighter said, adding that the car of the lift had become so stuffy that steam was released when fire crews were finally able to release the doors.
It is believed the group was stranded for 20 minutes while fire crews made their way to the scene and ran their gear up 18 floors of stairs.
One of those who had been stuck in the elevator was a man who suffers claustrophobia and hyper tension.
He did not want his name to be published, but was visibly shaken as he described the ordeal.
He and his wife got into the elevator on the 13th floor and as it went up to collect more passengers it began reverberating before coming to a halt.
“I almost passed out in there,” he said.
A Mantra On Mary spokeswoman said the cause of the problem was the elevator’s doors being held open for too long.
She said water was handed out to all those who had been stuck in the elevator.
No one was injured in the ordeal which played out at the Mantra on Mary hotel on the same street where film crews are setting up for the filming of Thor: Ragnarok.
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