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Teenager Trapped in Chimney Probably Wasn't Sweeping

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The chimney is certainly one way to get into a home, just ask jolly old St. Nick. But for one teenager trying to access a residence in North Hills this morning, his long way down was cut short when he got stuck, and the fire department had to come get him out.

The unidentified 16-year-old male was stuck about 10 feet down the chimney at a home on the 9000 block of Orion Avenue in North Hills, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The teen was positioned in the chimney feet first with his hands above his head.

While the LAFD have not confirmed why the youngster was in there, CBS2 is reporting the kid was more would-be burglar, less novice chimney sweep.

To get him out, the LAFD gave the teen oxygen, and used "specialized USAR rope systems and an aerial truck ladder."

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The whole endeavor took about 30 minutes, and the teenager emerged with only a few minor cuts.