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A woman was killed at a Midtown Manhattan office tower after being crushed when an elevator at the building rose suddenly, according to the New York Fire Department.

The woman stepped onto an elevator in the lobby of 285 Madison Ave. and was pinned when it went up, said Jim Long, a spokesman for the department. Two other people were uninjured and are being treated for what they witnessed, he said.

The building, located between 40th and 41st streets, is owned by WPP Plc (WPP)’s Young & Rubicam advertising firm, according to New York City property records. Chris Hayes, a spokesperson for Young & Rubicam, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment. The company earlier this month announced it was moving offices to 3 Columbus Circle.

John Hanna, a manager at Italian clothing store Riflessi in the building, said he heard banging and screaming before witnessing a stream of people running out of the property. Police responded in less than five minutes, he said.

“It’s scary,” said Hanna, 34. “How can we feel secure?”

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. New York time. Crews were working to free the body as of 12 p.m., Long said.

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