[video] Two 10-year-old girls rescued from stalled lift

Firefighters using the ‘hydraulic spreader’ to pry open the lift door.

by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, July 28: Two 10-year-old girls, who were trapped in a lift for nearly half-an-hour were rescued by firefighters last night.

Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) operations centre (PGO) said they received an emergency call at 9.16pm through MERS 999, that there were two children trapped inside a lift in the Association of Churches building at Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho.

Eleven firefighters from Batu Lintang fire station were despatched to the scene.

After accessing the situation, firefighters managed to contact the building technician and instruct the person-in-charge to bring the elevator key.

At the same time while waiting, they managed to calm the children who were in tears inside the lift.

However, after 20 minutes of waiting for the technician, firefighters decided not to wait any longer as one of the girls had asthma.

Firefighters decided to use specialised equipment called a ‘hydraulic spreader’ to force the door open.

The girls were not injured and were safely reunited with their family. — DayakDaily