UPDATE: Employee trapped in bank elevator during small fire safe

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 8:21 p.m. CDT; updated 10:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Firefighters Samanta Lamp and Kyle Fansler leave Boone County National Bank after a small fire in an elevator caused the building to be evacuated around 5 p.m on Tuesday. A man was trapped in the elevator at the time of the fire but was unharmed, according to Jim Weaver, a public information officer for the Columbia Fire Department. Weaver said that elevator doors are designed to close when smoke is detected in order to protect occupants from smoke and flames.

 COLUMBIA — An employee was trapped in a lower-level elevator of Boone County National Bank when a small fire broke out in the mechanical room around 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

An elevator motor malfunction caused a small fire, which was quickly extinguished upon the arrival of Columbia Fire Department, according to the release. The light smoke caused by the fire tripped the smoke detector and activated the fire alarm, which caused the elevator to return to the ground floor. As a safety feature, the elevator did not open, trapping Nathan Keathley. 

The smoke was removed from the lower level of the bank with the use of electric fans. Fire Department investigators determined that the fire was caused by the failure of one of the elevator control motors. 

Keathley was successfully removed from the elevator with no injuries. Damage is estimated at $5,000, according to the release. 


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