Oct. 1- At 6:12 a.m., three UMW housekeepers requested emergency assistance from inside the Combs Hall elevator after the machine would not respond to repeated attempts to open the door. Another housekeeper was able to open the door before campus police and Fredericksburg Fire and Rescue were able to respond. A work order was filed for the elevator, which was due for service.
Oct. 2-At 3:05 p.m., a UMW student and two staff members requested emergency assistance from inside the Combs Hall elevator after entering on the third floor, where police believe that an out-of-order sign had been removed by a prankster. Fredericksburg Fire and Rescue liberated the trapped occupants with an emergency rescue key.
The Combs Hall elevator will be up and running by the end of the week, according to Melissa Myers of facilities services. Myers said that none of the passengers trapped inside the elevator were in danger–the malfunction was just a computer glitch.