Firefighters Free Man Stuck in Chimney of Los Angeles Apartment Building

Firefighters Free Man Stuck in Chimney of Los Angeles Apartment Building

Firefighters with the Los Angeles Fire Department extinguish the flames of a car fire started in a homeless encampment in Los Angeles on Nov. 6, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

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Updated: 6/17/2024


LOS ANGELES—Firefighters Sunday evening, June 16, had to rescue a man who became stuck in the chimney of a four-story downtown Los Angeles apartment building.
The predicament was reported at 7:55 p.m. Sunday in an abandoned building at 1349 S. Flower St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Nicholas Prange.
“Firefighters used specialized cameras to pinpoint the location of the man within the 4-story chimney, prior to breaching the wall from inside the apartment building,” Mr. Prange said.
“LAFD Urban Search and Rescue crews were able to break through into the vertical space using electric-powered tools to avoid carbon monoxide build up inside the building where the breach operation took place and entered the shaft below the man to slide him down to safety,” the firefighter said.
The man, believed about 25 years old, was freed at 10:08 p.m. and taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, Mr. Prange said.
Firefighters were not sure why the man wound up in the chimney, he said.

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