Elevator out of order again in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — One day after News 8 was told both the elevators had been fixed, one breaks again leaving someone stuck inside about 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

For nearly six hours, an elevator was out of service at the Hempstead Street high rise. Firefighters tell News 8 they were called for someone stuck inside it. They then shut it down until a repair crew came.

“Quarter to six the fire department got on the intercom and made an announcement to the whole building.” said wheelchair-bound Bob Pearson.

“They’re constantly breaking, every week they break,” Bobby Tucker said. “Sometime, they’re down three, four days at a time.”

Tucker was once stuck in one of the elevators himself. “It’s just an eerie, scary feeling,” he said.

On Wednesday, the executive director of the New London Housing Authority explained the last repair.

“It was overnighted Saturday and they were there Monday, and we haven’t had another issue since,” Sue Shontell said.

Shontell said Thursday that neither the elevator repair company nor New London Fire could confirm that there was an actual mechanical problem with the elevator or there was an actual entrapment. Still, the concerns continue.

“…I’m concerned about getting back up,” Pearson said.

Firefighters came back about 11:30 a.m. Thursday to unlock the elevator for the repair person. Each time the firefighters come here, that also costs the city more money.

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