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Burglar dies in chimney after homeowner lights fire

Published 30/11/2015 | 07:00

Local fire and sheriff personnel respond to a home after a suspected burglar got stuck in the chimney and died in Fresno, California November 29, 2015. A suspected burglar who attempted to enter a California home through the chimney died on Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire without realizing anyone was inside, police said
Local fire and sheriff personnel respond to a home after a suspected burglar got stuck in the chimney and died in Fresno, California November 29, 2015. A suspected burglar who attempted to enter a California home through the chimney died on Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire without realizing anyone was inside, police said

A suspected burglar who became stuck in the chimney of a California house died after the homeowner unknowingly lit a fire

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Fresno County Sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti said a post-mortem concluded that 19-year-old Cody Caldwell died of smoke inhalation and burns.

Police said a homeowner in the rural town of Huron heard someone scream after lighting a fire in his fireplace on Saturday afternoon and alerted the authorities.

When the homeowner realised a person was stuck in the chimney, he extinguished the fire.

Sheriff's lieutenant Brandon Pursell said Caldwell was responsive when firefighters smashed the chimney to free him, but when they got to the teenager he died.

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