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Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:00 am

Girl, 8, freed from laundry chute

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ind. – An 8-year-old girl who became wedged inside a south-central Indiana home's laundry chute was rescued after firefighters cut through a floor joist to free her, authorities said.

Columbus firefighters called Wednesday to the home found the girl conscious and alert but stuck in an awkward position inside the home's metal laundry chute, said Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman.

Investigators determined she had entered the chute from a second-story bedroom and slid toward the basement but ended up stuck at the chute's opening with her body bent at the waist and both her feet and head facing upward, The Republic reported.

Firefighters tried to free the girl by repositioning her, and when that failed they removed drywall from the home's first floor to expose the chute, then used a saw and tin snips to create an opening in the chute.

When a second attempt to free the girl failed, firefighters determined a floor joist near the bottom of the chute was preventing her from exiting it.

Wilson said the girl was taken to a hospital for evaluation and later released.

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