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Workers Rescue Clearwater Girl Who Fell Into Chimney

Clearwater Fire & Rescue
Clearwater Fire and Rescue crews work to free an 8 year old girl from inside a chimney Monday.

Rescue workers chipped away part of the chimney on a vacant house to rescue an 8-year-old Clearwater girl who got stuck inside.

Clearwater Fire and Rescue assistant Chief John Klinefelter says it took crews about 35 minutes to rescue the child on Monday evening. He says Isabella Cooke only had a bruised knee and didn't need to be taken to the hospital.

Credit Clearwater Fire & Rescue
Firemen punched a hole in the chimney large enough to pull the little girl safely through.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the girl climbed onto the roof by shimmying up a pole at the back of the home and sliding to the bottom of the chimney. The child lives next door to the vacant home.

Klinefelter says the chimney didn't have the usual opening at the bottom inside the home.

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