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Man rescued from chimney

on September 11, 2013 10:20 AM

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters chiseled a hole through bricks early Tuesday to rescue a man who had gotten himself stuck inside a 20-inch wide chimney space at a Washington home that had been converted to apartments.

The young man was not hurt and was not suspected of a crime, but it’s unclear why he apparently climbed into the unused chimney, Tacoma Battalion Chief Dyre Fudge said.

Firefighters were called about 1:30 a.m. to help the young man who was wedged at the second-floor level of the three-story house.

A technical team trained in confined-space rescues was called in to rip through a wall and use power equipment to cut a hole in the chimney.

Firefighters lowered a rope to the man to hold him in place until he was able to step out about a half-hour later.

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