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Firefighters Pull Teen From Chimney

STOCKTON, Calif., Dec. 20 (UPI) — Rescuers in California said an 18-year-old was pulled from his family’s chimney after he got stuck while trying to sneak in after curfew.

Art Ray, an operator chief for the Stockton Fire Department, said George Herrera, 18, became lodged in the chimney while attempting the unorthodox, Santa Claus-style entry into the Stockton home after breaking curfew Thursday morning, The Record, Stockton, reported Monday.

Firefighters arrived about 10:15 a.m. and the teenager was freed within minutes, Ray said.

Ray said the teenager, who nearly made it to the bottom of the chimney, had been trapped for about 90 minutes.

“We’re not specifically trained to rescue people from chimneys, but we are trained to pull people from confined spaces,” he said. “We were able to get him out in about 15 minutes.”

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