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Two incidents in Tilehurst in one night of people trapped in lifts

Firefighters called out twice in four hour period

Jane Meredith

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Jane Meredith

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01635 886637

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FIREFIGHTERS were called out twice to Tilehurst incidents involving people trapped in lifts last night (Thurs), in the space of four hours. 

One pump from Dee Road Fire Station and another from Caversham Road, Reading, were called at 7.20pm to River View care home, in Oxford Road, where an elderly woman and her son were trapped in a lift between floors,

Firefighters isolated the lift power and manually moved the lift to release them.

Neither person was hurt, after being trapped in the lift for around ten minutes.

Firefighters left the scene at 7.45pm.

Then at 11.10pm, the same two fire engines were called to a woman in her 20’s stuck in a lift in flats at Radcot House, Portman Way.

The woman had been unable to use her mobile telephone to ring someone for help after the lift stopped, due to lack of reception, but had managed to alert her boyfriend to the issue by shouting.

Firefighters used an emergency override switch to move the lift.

The woman was unhurt, after being trapped in the lift for 20 minutes.

Firefighters left the scene at 11.30pm

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