LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A woman found herself in a little bit of a jam Friday after trying to enter her locked Pomona house through the chimney.
A 20-year-old apparently left her keys inside her house and decided to climb down the chimney to get back into her home.
Neighbors said they knew something was wrong when they heard the screams for help.
“I called the police and they came, and they broke the chimney,” neighbor Jose Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said he was in his front yard with his daughter when he heard the cries for help.
“I guess she forgot her keys, and she thought she was skinny enough to fit in the chimney,” the woman’s sister, Ivanna Moreno said.
Firefighters had to tear down the chimney brick by brick to get the woman out.
LA County Fire says the young woman was trapped in the chimney for five hours.
Jose Juarez saw the woman moments after rescuers pulled her from the rubble.
“She was coming out with a lot of black stuff, like soot,” Juarez said.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and treated with minor injuries.
She returned home on Friday night.