(Thanks to reader Vince Holditch for sending along this new information.)
New information about Donald Trump interactions with the Colorado Springs Fire Department yesterday (Friday).
It turns out the presidential candidate was late for the speaking engagement at UCCS. News reports this afternoon indicate the reason is that Trump and others were stuck in a hotel elevator around 1:30 p.m. The group, including Trump, was rescued by firefighters from the Colorado Springs Fire Department. That’s the same fire department that employs Fire Marshal Brett Lacey. About 90-minutes after the elevator rescue, Donald Trump publicly complained about Fire Marshal Lacey over not letting more people into the event.
Trump said that Lacey was “disgraceful” and questioned the fire marshal’s competence. More details and the speech can be found here.
Trump was scheduled to speak at UCCS at 2 p.m. but didn’t arrive until close to an hour later.
According to the CSFD, emergency crews responded to an elevator rescue at The Mining Exchange Hotel at around 1:30 p.m. Ten people including the presidential hopeful were trapped between the first and second floor of the hotel.
“The firefighters were able to secure the elevator, open the top elevator hatch, lower a ladder into the elevator which allowed all individuals to self-evacuate, including Mr. Trump, onto the second floor lobby area,” said Steven Wilch with the CSFD.
Crews opened the top hatch and lowered a ladder into the elevator. Everyone inside, including the Republican Presidential candidate had to climb out.
No injuries were reported. The elevator was placed out-of-service.
During Trump’s town hall, he repeatedly called out the Fire Marshal for not letting more people into the auditorium.