Man on gurney after being extracted from Presdio Heights chimney
KTVU.com and Wires
SAN FRANCISCO —
A man got stuck in a chimney at an apartment building in San Francisco on Sunday night and while investigators are unsure why he ended up there, they have ruled out that it was Santa Claus doing a pre-Christmas test run, a police spokesman said Monday.
Officers responded shortly before 11:35 p.m. to the 3300 block of Clay St. in the city's Presidio Heights neighborhood, where the man was reportedly trapped in a ventilation duct, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.
"He had no red suit on," said SFFD Batt. Chief Pete Fay at the scene of the rescue. "I'm not sure how he entered into the fire place at this time."
After being stuck in there for roughly an hour, fire crews were able to free the man after dislodging some bricks in the chimney.
He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with minor cuts and scrapes, Shyy said.
No charges were pending against the man Monday, according to Shyy, who said he did not know why the man ended up in the chimney.
While the incident occurred just nine days before Christmas and a day after the popular SantaCon event in San Francisco, Shyy said there were no reports that the man was dressed as Santa.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.