Woman, 53, trapped in billionaire’s lift for three days


A woman spent three days trapped in a lift at the home of her billionaire boss.

The 53-year-old employee became trapped in the lift at the family’s Manhattan townhouse on Friday.

The homeowners went away on a weekend break and upon their return discovered that Marites Fortaliza had been stuck between the second and third floors.

After being rescued by firefighters, she was taken to hospital where she was treated for dehydration.

The townhouse is owned by Warren Stephens, the head of financial firm Stephens Inc, who is worth an estimated $2.6bn (£2bn) according to Forbes.

Frank Thomas, a vice president at Stephens Inc, released a statement saying the incident was under investigation and “appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that something like this never happens again.”

Mr Thomas said Ms Fortaliza had been a “valued member of the Stephens’ extended family for 18 years.”

The family statement continued to say they were “relieved and thankful that Fortaliza was doing well”.

A New York City department of buildings inspector went to the property on Monday after learning of the woman who had been trapped, but was denied access to the building, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

A violation for failure to provide access to inspectors was issued to the building’s owners.

City records state the lift had been inspected in July and no violations were filed, reports The New York Times.

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