Members of the Houston Fire Department Rescue Team safely rescued several citizens from an high-rise elevator at 1400 Smith (the Chevron Building) in downtown Houston about 8:30 a.m. this morning.
Three citizens were in the elevator when it quickly moved from the ground level to the 50th floor and “locked up”. Firefighters moved a second elevator car up to the non-working elevator car. Moving very cautiously and slowly, the firefighters were able to open the elevator with the trapped citizens and bring them up and over to the working elevator using harnesses. One citizen who was extremely frightened, was transported to the hospital.
There were no reported injuries and the Houston Fire Department cleared the scene before 11:30 a.m. Elevator mechanics are investigating the incident.
1400 Smith Street is part of Allen Center, a 4.4 million square foot Class “A” office complex in downtown Houston consisting of One Allen Center, Two Allen Center, Three Allen Center and 1400 Smith Street (Four Allen Center). The building has 50 floors and is the 11th tallest building in the city. It was the former headquarters of Enron, the large commodities trading company infamous for its financial scandal in 2001.
In June 2011 Chevron bought the building from Brookfield Properties for $340 million.