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Two women trapped inside downtown San Diego elevator for hours rescued

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 15:03:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — For more than three hours, two women were trapped inside a downtown San Diego elevator.

Fire crews were called to the Copley Symphony Hall at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after the elevator stopped as it took the women to the 34th floor.

A Battalion Chief said the women felt a jolt and the elevator's lights flicker before it came to a stop.

Rescuers were able to reach the women at about 11 p.m., more than three hours later. Until then, the women Facetimed a friend to stay calm, but a friend was worried they would run out of air or suffer from heat related injuries.

"Once I learned that they pried the doors open because it was so hot in there, what else could I do but just wait?" Kalani Creutzberg said. "It turned into a waiting game. And I'm just very very fortunate that there's a happy ending to this."

Both women were taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out. While they were shaken up and nervous, neither appeared to have any serious injuries.