Emergency crews rescue 12-year-old girl trapped in sofa

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR) -- "I've never seen anything like it."

That's one reason why Colonial Heights Fire Chief AG Moore said he had to respond, along with fire and EMS crews, after a girl made an unusual 911 call Wednesday afternoon.

"It sounded like a very odd call. I wanted to see what was going on," Chief Moore said.

The caller indicated another child was stuck inside a sofa.

"When I arrived to the home, the medic unit was already there," Chief Moore said.

When the chief entered the home's sun room, he saw emergency crews assessing the situation.

The chief was told two girls -- approximately 12 years of age -- were playing hide and seek.

During the game, one of the girls got folded into a sleeper sofa. Her friend was not strong enough to get her back out.

"It's a situation where those sofa beds can be awkward and heavy to begin with," Chief Moore said. "When you have a child in there, it takes a lot to pull her out with the additional weight."

After confirming the child was simply folded into the sofa, and not stuck on any metal pieces, it took emergency crews about two minutes to free the child.

"When she got out, she was fine," the chief said.

Firefighters stayed around to speak with the girl's parents when they came home, to let them know what happened and that everyone was OK.

"Don't try this at home," Chief Moore advised. "Pick another spot to play hide and seek."

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