Modern Family stars trapped in lift

Three stars of ABC's Modern Family had a close encounter when they were trapped in a lift, it has emerged (AP)

Three stars from the ABC comedy Modern Family got stuck in a lift in Kansas City for about an hour, delaying their appearance at a charity benefit.

Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet were in town for a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Stonestreet grew up in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reported that the three actors were trapped in a lift with about a dozen other people at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at the Crown Centre, where they were headlining the fundraiser.

Crews from the Kansas City Fire Department freed the group at about 10pm, an hour after they were scheduled to appear.

When they finally took to the stage, the actors praised and thanked the fire department.

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