Girl Survives 35-Foot Fall Down NYC Elevator Shaft

By Gillian Mohney

Mar 23, 2014 7:22pm

A New York girl survived a 35-foot fall down an elevator shaft at an apartment building.

The girl, identified only as being between the age of 10 to 12, fell from the first floor of the building to the subbasement Friday, according to the Fire Department of New York.

It’s unclear how the girl, a resident of the building, was able to get into the elevator shaft in the apartment building located in the upscale SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. Rescuers had to lift the girl out vertically after she was put in a special stretcher called a stokes basket, used when there are obstacles to removing a patient.

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition, according to the FDNY. Her name was not released.

According to the city Department of Buildings, the owner of the apartment building, the Recherche Realty Corporation, had to pay a $250 fine for failing to keep the elevator up to code last December. The complaint was closed after the fine was paid and the problem was fixed by the owner, according to department records.

Calls to a number listed to Recherche Realty Corporation were not immediately answered.

The Department of Buildings is currently investigating the incident. The FDNY could not comment on whether the elevator was out of service, due to the ongoing investigation.

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