He slid down the chimney and got stuck.
Nobody knows why.
It took Tacoma firefighters 30 minutes to chisel through the brick chimney early Tuesday and rescue the man, who was wedged 20 feet down.
“I’m in my 35th year, and it’s something different every day,” Battalion Chief Dyre Fudge said. “You can’t make it up.”
The man was not hurt and is not suspected of a crime.
“Stories range from ‘hide and seek’ to ‘repairing the ceiling,’” Fudge said. “Nobody was able to get the straight story.”
Crews were called about 1:25 a.m. to a three-story home in the 600 block of North J Street that had been converted to apartments. They found the man stuck at the second-story level.
Firefighters lowered a rope from the attic to hold him in place while a rescue team worked to free him. The team used an air chisel to remove a 11/2-by-3-foot section of brick to rescue the man.
Others were home when the man got stuck, but nobody could tell officials what prompted the man to slide down the chimney.
“Just one of those stupid pet tricks maybe,” Fudge said.Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 email@example.com