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Worker rescued from malfunctioning elevator 80-feet below ground in Lake Bluff

Firefighters respond to a Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency pumping facility at 700 East Blodgett Avenue in Lake Bluff around 1:30 a.m. Friday | Photo: Sam Borcia / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A worker was rescued almost two hours after being trapped in a malfunctioning elevator 80-feet below ground at a water pumping station in Lake Bluff early Friday morning.

The Lake Bluff Fire Department and the Lake Bluff Police Department responded around 1:30 a.m. Friday to 700 East Blodgett Avenue for a report of a person trapped in an elevator.

Firefighters arrived at the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency pumping facility and found a worker 80-feet below ground inside a malfunctioning elevator, according to Lake Bluff Police Chief W. Michael Hosking.

A high-angle special rescue response was called through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, which brought firefighters from a dozen fire departments to the scene, Hosking said.

Special rescue team members descended to the trapped worker and found he was not injured. Firefighters worked for almost two hours and were able to free the man around 3 a.m.

The employee had been performing routine maintenance, police said. The pumping facility is designed to look like a residential home and is located inside a neighborhood east of Sheridan Road near Blodgett Avenue and Bluff Road.


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