LOS ANGELES, USA: US firefighters rescued a woman from a chimney after she got stuck while allegedly breaking into the home of a man she met online.
Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa got stuck in a chimney after she allegedly tried to break into a house of a man she met online. Image: MTV
TV footage showed emergency personnel dismantling the chimney brick-by-brick to reach the woman, stuck eight feet down, according to local television channel KTLA.
The man whose home she was trying to get into - who declined to give his name - said they had met online and dated a few times.
"She seemed totally cool, until the first flag was her actually being on my roof two weeks ago," he told KTLA, adding: "I hope she gets help. I hope she stays offline."
A neighbour in Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles, described how the firefighters turned up in the early hours of the morning after reports of a woman crying. She was finally freed shortly after dawn.
She was identified as 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.
"Nobody would say anything. And then finally one of the battalion chiefs said 'There's a woman stuck in the chimney,'" neighbour Steven Breslau told KTLA.
Captain Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted pictures from the scene and saying that the chimney flue was lubricated with dish soap prior to the woman being lifted out of the chimney.
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