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Child, 5, Freed By Stamford Firefighters After Foot Is Caught In Escalator

Stamford Fire Department freed a 5-year-old child whose foot was caught in an escalator at Macy's Department store Wednesday night.
Stamford Fire Department freed a 5-year-old child whose foot was caught in an escalator at Macy's Department store Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Firefighters worked for nearly 40 minutes before successfully freeing a 5-year-old child whose foot that had become caught in an escalator at Macy's Department store at the Stamford Town Center on Wednesday night.

The child's foot had been pulled into the side of the escalator at the edge of the step at about 7:50 p.m., the Stamford Fire Department said in a statement. The escalator's automatic emergency stop system had activated, preventing further injury to the child.

Firefighters shut down power to the system and began disassembling the escalator using special equipment that the fire department carries, the statement said. The child was freed within 39 minutes of the first call to the fire department and taken to Stamford Hospital's emergency department for treatment of injuries.

Fourteen firefighters along with police and EMS responded to the scene at the mall.

The extent of the child's injuries were not released.

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