Burglar dies while climbing down chimney after homeowner lit fireBy Mason White 8:40 AM November 30, 2015
|Scene of the incident|
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A burglar died after being burned by a homeowner while climbing down a chimney, police in California said.
Fresno County police said that the burglar, who was not identified, was stuck inside the chimney when the homeowner came home and decided to light a fire in the fireplace.
According to the police investigation, the homeowner, who was not identified, tried to extinguish the fire after hearing the burglar scream, but the house quickly filled with smoke.
Firefighters and police officers responded to the scene and dismantled the chimney in an attempt to rescue the man, but he was declared dead at the scene.
Police warned thieves that fireplaces are not completely open and accessible through the roof because a metal plate at the bottom blocks access to the home.