Housekeeper trapped in elevator for 3 days gets rescued | Inquirer News

Housekeeper trapped in elevator for 3 days gets rescued

/ 04:21 PM January 29, 2019
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A woman from New York City, United States was rescued after getting trapped for three days inside a private townhouse elevator in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. 

The woman, 53-year-old Marites Fortaliza of Queens, works as a housekeeper for the townhouse which is owned by Warren Stephens of investment bank Stephens Inc., as per ABC News on Jan. 29 (Jan. 28 in the U.S.). Stephens is said to be worth $2.6 billion on the Forbes’ list of the world’s top billionaires.


Fortaliza was cleaning the townhouse on Friday, Jan. 25, when she got stuck between the second and third floors, as per the report. Fortaliza did not have a phone with her and was alone in the townhouse when she got trapped in the elevator on Friday.

It was only when the apartment owner arrived on Monday, Jan. 28, when help was called. She was rescued by the New York City Fire Department and brought to a hospital where she remains in stable condition.


Fortaliza has been working for the Stephens for 18 years, a company spokesman said in the report: “The Stephens family is relieved and thankful that she is doing well in the hospital. A Stephens family member accompanied her to the hospital this morning and remains at her side.”

The cause of the incident is currently being investigated. Cody Cepeda/JB


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