Fire Shuts Down Ellis Island

Visitors trapped in museum's elevator

Saturday, Nov 7, 2009  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
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Fire Shuts Down Ellis Island

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Ellis Island will be shut down until further notice.

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Some visitors were trapped in the museum elevators at Ellis Island after a fire in the main boiler room caused a power failure, authorities said.

Ellis Island is closed until further notice because of the fire.

The Jersey City Fire Department was able to free all the visitors who were trapped in the elevators and put out the fire. All of the buildings on Ellis Island were evacuated.

No injuries have been reported.

Visitors are currently being ferried off the island back to New York and New Jersey. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

While Ellis Island will remain closed until further notice, the Statue of Liberty National Monument remains open to visitation.
 

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