Trapped Mecca Bingo fans rescued by Huddersfield firefighters
Mar 12 2010 by Anne-Marie Senior, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A PENSIONER had to be treated by paramedics after a group of bingo-goers got stuck in a lift.
Huddersfield firefighters were called to rescue the distressed group at Mecca Bingo, Folly Hall, on Wednesday at 8.20pm.
Six people were trapped for around 25 minutes before fire crews forced open the doors.
A 78-year-old woman inside the lift was found to be faint and breathless.
She was treated at the scene by paramedics but did not need hospital treatment.
The other customers were unhurt.
Today Huddersfield fire watch manager Andy Blackburn urged people who suffer from claustrophobia to consider using the stairs.
He said: “We get called to a lot of lift rescues.
“If people are a little bit claustrophobic it is the worst place to be.
“It is worth thinking whether it is worth taking the lift.”
Michelle Winfield, general manager of Mecca Bingo in Huddersfield, said: “The lift doors became stuck. We couldn’t operate them so we called the fire brigade who arrived and were fantastic.
“We have had the engineers out this morning and the lift is back in operation today.
“We are also sending a bouquet of flowers to all the ladies who were stuck in the lift”.