Girl rescued from washing machine


An 11-year-old was bruised, distressed but OK after being stuck inside a washing machine for about 90 minutes.

The girl was playing hide-and-seek with her cousins when she found what she thought was the ideal hiding spot — the washing machine located just below a dryer.

"She really wanted to win," said the girl's mother, Nicole Rhoades, who wasn't home at the time.

Those with her tried to help the girl break free by using butter, peanut butter and ice, which chilled the girl, requiring them to follow up with warm water.

Initially firefighters thought they would have to cut through the center of the washer to remove the girl. Instead, they were able to remove the dryer from above the washer and cut a corner in the rear of the dryer to allow them to open the door all the way.

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