Woman saved from being stuck inside California chimney, then arrested

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Woman stuck in chimney (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

Woman stuck in chimney (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A woman stuck in the chimney of a Southern California house has been rescued and arrested.

Ventura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman says firefighters responding to neighbors’ reports of a woman crying had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with dish soap Sunday to free 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

The Ventura County Star reports she was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police.

Police say Nunez-Figueroa knows the owner of the home in Thousand Oaks, who wasn’t there. They wouldn’t elaborate.

She had no clear injuries but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police didn’t know if she’d hired an attorney, and no phone listing for her could be found.

Oatman says firefighters destroyed the chimney and damaged the roof.

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