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16 people trapped in stalled Skylon elevator

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Firefighters worked Wednesday evening to rescue a group of passengers stranded in an elevator near the top of the Skylon Tower, the 775-foot spire overlooking the Horseshoe Falls.

A Niagara Falls fire dispatcher said that 16 people were inside the elevator and that rescuers, who were called at 8:18 p.m., were trying to open its doors about 10 p.m. The dispatcher said that emergency medical crews had been sent to the scene, but there were no immediate confirmation of medical problems.

The top of the Skylon contains restaurants on two levels, and indoor and outdoor observation decks which are reached via glass-enclosed “yellow bug” exterior elevators.