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After Meeting A Man Online, A Woman Got Stuck In His Chimney Trying To Break Into His House

The local fire department live-tweeted the debacle.

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Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 28, had to be extracted from a chimney by the Ventura County Fire Department on Sunday. She was then arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to a peace officer.

Nunez-Figueroa was discovered trapped inside the chimney of a two-story home in Thousand Oaks, California, after neighbors called 911 when they heard screams coming from inside the chimney.

#ThousandOaks #entrapment @VCFD firefighters work to free woman trapped in chimney. Reported 6 AM

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#ThousandOaks #entrapment @VCFD firefighters work to free woman trapped in chimney. Reported 6 AM

7:53 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The homeowner, Lawrence — who declined to provide his full name to reporters — said he dated Nunez-Figueroa briefly after meeting her online and claimed this is the second time she's tried to get inside his home.

#entrapment call 1900 block Woodside Dr. #thousandoaks @VCFD USAR members dismantling chimney to remove patient

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#entrapment call 1900 block Woodside Dr. #thousandoaks @VCFD USAR members dismantling chimney to remove patient

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Firefighters removed the woman by spraying liquid dish soap down the flue and demolishing a large portion of the brick around her.

#ThousandOaks #entrapment FFs have reached the conscious victim. Extrication expected soon.

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#ThousandOaks #entrapment FFs have reached the conscious victim. Extrication expected soon.

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"Having someone in your chimney is like kind of a weird thing you wouldn’t expect to come home to," Lawrence told reporters. "It wasn’t Santa Claus, for sure."

Woman rescued from #ThousandOaks chimney, will be transported to hospital for evaluation (pics via @VCFD_PIO @VCFD)

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Woman rescued from #ThousandOaks chimney, will be transported to hospital for evaluation (pics via @VCFD_PIO @VCFD)

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Captain Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department live-tweeted the rescue.

Another shot from entrapment call. Chimney flue was lubricated with dish soap prior to hoisting patient

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Another shot from entrapment call. Chimney flue was lubricated with dish soap prior to hoisting patient

2:13 PM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nunez-Figueroa's family said she's a good person and offered to pay for the damage to the chimney.

#entrapment patient was lifted out of chimney and hoisted from roof using ladder truck and stokes basket

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#entrapment patient was lifted out of chimney and hoisted from roof using ladder truck and stokes basket

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