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Intruder Enters House Through Chimney, Gets Stuck and Has to Be Cut Out by Two Dozen Firefighters

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It’s not every day that someone tries to shimmy down a chimney — but unless it’s Christmas and that person is Santa Claus, it’s a questionable activity.

Very questionable, if you’re the man who was caught Saturday morning after attempting to enter a house in Montgomery County, Maryland, by sneaking in through the chimney.

At around 3:30 a.m., the resident of a home in Silver Spring heard some strange noises that he thought were coming from outside the home, and he called police.

When the officers arrived, they didn’t find anything, so they left.

About an hour later, the resident heard more sounds — but this time, it was moaning coming from the wall above the fireplace.

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When officers arrived again, they noticed that the top of the chimney had been removed — and discovered a man was stuck inside the brick chimney.

Soon, firefighters arrived to free the man — who was identified as “not a resident” of the house by the fire department and later a would-be robber by police, according to WTOP-FM — and it took 24 of them, working inside and outside, to free him.

In order to extract the man, first responders had to cut open the wall and then remove the bricks one at a time until they could access the intruder.

“Technical Rescue, Dameron Dr & Forest Glen Rd, Forest Glen/Silver Spring,” Pete Piringer of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue tweeted Saturday.

“Single family house, man stuck in chimney, assisting police … AT719, A742, RS742, PE719, EMS703, SA700, C700 on scene.”

“Update – Dameron Dr, Silver Spring, extrication in process, man stuck in chimney,” Piringer tweeted a little later.

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The man was finally removed around 7:30 a.m. and was taken to the trauma center by ambulance. According to WRC-TV, he was seriously injured but is expected to recover.

“Update — Forest Glen, One person, an adult male has been extricated from chimney,” Piringer tweeted in a final update, saying the department’s Emergency Medical and Integrated Healthcare Services was transporting him with a police escort because “apparently he is not a resident of this house.”

The man has not been identified, and authorities have not announced any formal charges.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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