Modern Family Stars Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet Trapped in Kansas Elevator

(L-R) Actors Julie Bowen, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland, Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ariel Winter, Eric Stonestreet, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez and Sofia Vergara – Winners for Ensemble in a Comedy Series – pose in the press room during The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Wire Image)

Three stars from the ABC comedy “Modern Family” got stuck in a Kansas City elevator for about an hour Friday night, delaying their appearance at a charity benefit and causing a stir on social media.

“Get us out!” the award-winning cast said one after another in a humorous video they recorded and posted on the Internet.

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

The Kansas City Star reports that the three were trapped with about a dozen other people at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, where they were headlining the fundraiser.

Here’s the video Ferguson posted on Vine:

The Star relates:

Many thought it was a joke when the emcee announced there would be a delay in the program because the stars were stuck in an elevator.

About 15 minutes later they knew it wasn’t a joke. The band played and many in the well-dressed crowd went to the bar. People were tweeting and taking pictures of the Fire Department. About a third of the crowd left before the actors got on stage.

Crews from the Kansas City Fire Department freed the group at about 10 p.m., an hour after they were scheduled to appear.  The actors praised the efforts (and physique) of the firemen:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  It has been updated.

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