How foldout sofa trapped a 12-year-old inside in Hide-and-Seek game


Girl who was stuck in a sofa was rescued by firefighters - photo credit - WTVR-TV

When it comes to the game hide-and-seek, kids typically never encounter any real dangerous predicaments. But according to Fox News, When a 12-year-old-girl decided to choose a foldout couch as a hiding place, the result could have been disastrous.

The young girl probably never realized that she and her friend would ever have planned their day to turn into a terrifying event in the Compton Heights, Virginia home. Yet, when the preteen selected what appeared to be the best hiding place ever, the couch folded in and trapped her inside the sleeper sofa.

The friend tried desperately to free her friend from being imprisoned and possibly suffering oxygen depravation, but she was not strong enough to open the couch up to release her trapped friend.

When the fire department received the call, Colonial Heights Fire Chief AG Moore thought that was more than a little odd. He told WTVR-TV that, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

He realized that the child trapped inside the sofa would need immediate help and that even managing to release the child would require a lot of adult assistance. He stressed, “It’s a situation where those sofa beds can be awkward and heavy to begin with. When you have a child in there, it takes a lot to pull her out with the additional weight,” reported Fox News.

The emergency rescuers arrived at the home and first had to determine that the child was not trapped on any of the metal pieces of the sofa. After quickly confirming that she was simply folded into the sofa it took about two minutes to free the trapped child.

The firefighters stayed with the child until they could speak with the girl’s parents when they arrived home to apprise them of the rescue and that everyone was fine.

Needless to say, the young girl will not select this hide-and-seek location for the game again. The Fire Chief agreed, commenting, “Don’t try this at home,” Chief Moore advised. “Pick another spot to play hide and seek,” according to WTVR-TV.