Firefighters rescue naked woman trapped in ex-boyfriend's chimney

‘I tried to get her out, but it was too hard,’ California man says

(Jared Hazelaar/Riverside County Fire Dept.)
(Jared Hazelaar/Riverside County Fire Dept.)

Firefighters in Southern California responded to an unusual call over the weekend at the home of a man who awoke to find his ex-girlfriend naked and stuck inside the fireplace.

According to Riverside County officials, the 35-year-old woman, who was not identified, tried to enter the Woodcrest, Calif., home where her ex-boyfriend and three children live through the front door early Saturday morning, but it was locked. So she climbed on the roof, stripped off her clothes and tried to shimmy down the chimney.

Shortly before 5 a.m., her estranged boyfriend, Tony Hernandez, said he heard the woman crying for help.

“She said, ‘I’m trapped in the chimney, Hernandez told CBS Los Angeles.

Hernandez first tried to pull her out with an extension cord.

“I tried to get her out, but it was too hard, he said.

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It took 23 Riverside County firefighters approximately two hours to extract the woman, removing bricks from the chimney’s exterior during what they termed a technical rescue. The woman was transported to a local area hospital with minor to moderate injuries, fire officials said.

Hernandez told CBS Los Angeles that the woman isn’t allowed around his kids.

I don’t like the way shes acting or what she’s doing, he said. That’s not good for my kids.