Illinois firefighters rescue toddler from inside claw machine

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  May 11, 2018 at 9:34 AM
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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 stuck inside a toy-dispensing claw machine.

Video from the rescue shows firefighters partially dismantling the machine until one of the men can climb inside and lift the 3-year-old boy, who was not injured, to safety.

Officials said the boy is believed to have climbed into the machine through the prize-distribution door.

The fire department said the rescue was the first of its kind for Palatine.

"We have not had one of these before," Cpt. Robert Klucek told NBC Chicago. "But we're used to unusual calls and we adapt and overcome."

He said the toddler's adventure was not completely in vain -- he walked away with two toys.

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