California firefighters spent two hours breaking down a chimney Saturday that a 35-year-old woman was stuck inside.
According to ABC 7, the woman was reported lodged in the chimney around 5 a.m. Homeowner Tony Hernandez identified the woman as the mother of his three children. Hernandez says he did not want her inside the house.
The woman, whose identity was not released, did try to open the door of Hernandez’s home at about 5 a.m., but she found it locked instead climbed to the roof, CBS LA reports. While trying to enter through the chimney, the woman became wedged inside the 12-by-12-inch passage. She then removed her clothes to aid mobility.
Hernandez says he attempted to rescue the woman, but almost fell off the roof. He then called 911. Hernandez’s wife claims that the woman knocked on their door and rang the doorbell throughout the night, but he says he did not hear this activity.
Once freed from the chimney, the woman was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Hernandez tells ABC 7 that thinks she tried to get in through the chimney because of the cold temperatures that morning.
Firefighters tweeted photos from the rescue Saturday afternoon.
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ABC 7 adds that the woman stops by the home occasionally to see their children. The children were not home when the incident occurred.
SOURCE: Allie Healy