Firefighters Rescue Children Trapped on Ferris Wheel in Stratford

Firefighters rescued two young children who were stranded 25 feet in the air on a Ferris wheel in Stratford last night after a light fixture became dislodged while the ride was moving.

Members of the Stratford Fire Department went to the carnival at 411 Barnum Ave. after receiving a 911 call around 9 p.m. and found the two unoccupied cars on the 70-foot tall ride upside down.

The children, both of whom are under the age of 10, were in the third car and firefighters used a truck and an aerial bucket to lower the children to safety.

State police said light fixture that was dislodged got stuck between two seats and the children walked into the bucket of the fire truck on their own.

No one was injured and the Stratford fire marshal took the ride out of service for the night.

Detectives will conduct a ride safety inspection before the Ferris wheel is put back in service.

The carnival in Stratford is scheduled to go until June 5.

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