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Hide And Seek Gets Serious For One Family In Utah

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A game turns into a nightmare for one Utah family after an eleven-year-old girl gets stuck in a washing machine while playing hide and seek.

"She loves to win, she's pretty competitive," said Nicole Rhoads.

Nicole Rhoads' 11-year-old daughter took a game of hide and seek to a dangerous level on tuesday afternoon.

She snuck into a closet, and lowered herself into this stackable washing machine. Mom was at work and got the frantic call from her older daughter.

"'Tell her to get out of there,' and she says ‘she can't, she's really stuck.' I heard my other daughter screaming in the background," Rhoads recalled.

The girl's aunt was home and tried to pull her out, but to no avail.

"She was terrified. She actually thought she was going to die in there. She was so scared. Couldn't breathe, the agitator was pushing on her diaphragm," explained Rhoads.

"When that didn't work, they ran to the kitchen and grabbed butter, ice, and peanut butter."

"I guess all the stuff that gets gum out of hair gets kids out of washers. Then she was cold and said could you pour warm water on me so they put warm water on her."

By the time Nicole made it home, her daughter had been in the washer for almost an hour... So she called 911.

"They realized they had to remove the dryer unit to be able to make better access to the washing machine,"

Reed Thompson of the South Jordan Fire department says. South Jordan firefighters came armed with tools used in car accidents.

"They bought in the big tin snips they use to cut people out of cars, a lot of gas powered tools," Rhoads recalled.

Crews cut into the dryer, giving the girl enough room to wiggle out safely. Aside from some bruises, and sore knees, the 11-year-old is doing fine.

"I felt bad for her, but also at the same time I thought it was pretty funny, kinda laughing about it," Rhoads admitted.

Mom says that her girl is more embarrassed than anything and won't be venturing in this spot again.

"Finding the sense of humor in a situation is so much better than freaking out about it and getting overworked. She's already learned a pretty big lesson," Rhoads said.

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