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US Firefighters rescue toddler from inside a claw machine at Palatine laundromat

22:30  11 may  2018
22:30  11 may  2018 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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IL Firefighters Rescue Boy Inside Claw Machine . May 11--A toddler 's pursuit of a plush toy ended with him having to be rescued from a claw machine at a Palatine laundromat Thursday night.

Firefighters had to rescue a 3yearold boy after he got stuck inside a claw machine in a Palatine laundromat Thursday evening. (WLS).

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The 2-year-old boy managed to climb inside the Zany Zoo, a game where players use a claw to try to grab a stuffed animal or other prize.

The boy apparently pulled himself up and through a door, roughly 2 feet by 1 foot, at the front of the machine where prizes come out and squirmed his way around the mechanical parts inside. The door shut behind him, and the boy found himself stuck inside, surrounded by colorful stuffed animals.

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May 11 (UPI) -- Firefighters in the Chicago suburbs responded to a laundromat to rescue a 3-year-old boy who climbed inside a claw machine and became trapped. The Palatine Fire Department said a crew responded Thursday evening to CD One Price Cleaners in Palatine on a report of a toddler

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TV stations WMAQ and WLS shared video of the rescue.

Palatine Fire Fighter Lt. Matthew Nagy once saved a woman who drove her car into a pond, but he said that in 19 years on the job he's never had to rescue a child from a claw machine.

"I have had to get my own children away from claw machines before I went bankrupt, but I have never had to get one out of the machine," Nagy said.

When the crew got the call to head to Lavanderia La Rosita on Dundee Road, they thought maybe the boy's arm was stuck in the machine. They were surprised when they arrived and found him "all in," Nagy said.

Rescuers cut off the electricity to the machine, dismantled it, lowered firefighter Brian Marek into the machine and he lifted the child up and out to safety. The rescue took about 15 minutes. They were careful not to shatter the glass, which could have harmed the child, Nagy said.

Nagy said the boy, who was at the laundromat with his mother and two older siblings, was upset and crying during the rescue but not harmed. The child ran to his mother, who lives out of state.

Amanda Marrazzo is a freelance reporter.

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