Firefighters today rescued a 16-year-old boy who became stuck in a chimney at a North Hills residence today.
Rescuers went to the 9000 block of Orion Avenue in North Hills shortly after 10 a.m. and freed the teen in about a half-hour, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The boy, who was stuck about 10 feet down from the top of the chimney, apparently suffered only abrasions, Scott said.
Police were interviewing the teen to determine if he was trying to burglarize the residence, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
From Hal Eisner:
Pat Hawkins kept shaking
her head as we stood next to her fire place. She couldn't believe it. A family
friend had just been pulled out of her chimney. A buddy of her grandson. She
says they treated him like family. So, when she got to the house after hearing
someone tried to break in by sliding down the chimney she was stunned a family
friend would try to burglarize the house. Police say this was an apparent
And, firefighters say most people who try to do that just don't
understand how chimneys are built. Lt. Paul Vernon said guys like this one
"read too many Santa Claus books!" The flu at the bottom of the
chimney prevents people from getting down the chimney.
The teen that had to be
rescued certainly got stuck. But, when he got out he didn't seem upset. He
waved at our camera and at firefighters. He smiled. Vernon says he acted
"like it was a game. It's not!" The Lt. says the teen was taken to
Holy Cross Hospital and then will be dealing with the law.