'Santa' wannabe robber died when homeowners lit chimney fire


Suspected burglar got trapped in a chimney while attempting to enter the home he was about to rob.

Everyone is familiar with the childhood legend of an old fat man with a beard more popularly known as 'Santa Claus'. As the story says, in the eve of Christmas, Santa will climb on houses' chimneys and leave gifts to good children. Ever wonder if Santa gets stuck on chimneys? This story will provide you answers.

Today, this legend almost came true to life, except it was a robber--not Santa-- who perished from it. A suspected burglar in Central California died in an unfortunate incident while being stuck in a chimney as homeowners unknowingly lits the fireplace.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office has identified the body belonging to 19-year old Cody Caldwell. Caldwell was believed to have climbed the chimney sometime on Friday night with intentions to rob the small home in Huron city.

Instead of providing him access to the house, the chimney was proven to be too narrow and Caldwell got stuck. He stayed there unable to move for almost 24 hours, until the male homeowner comes home just before 3 p.m and lit the fireplace.
The unsuspecting homeowner heard Caldwell's piercing scream from inside the chimney and then rushed to immediately extinguish the fire, which caused the house to be filled with smoke.

According to reports, firefighters responded to the scene and dismantled the chimney. KMPH News stated that when the firefighters arrived, Caldwell was still breathing but was found dead by the time they managed to get him out of the chimney.

Caldwell was pronounced dead at the scene when his body was retrieved last Saturday afternoon. The immediate cause of death is still unknown, but the authorities believed Caldwell suffered from burns and asphyxiation.

On the other hand, Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Brandon said that in addition to a dismantled chimney, the house suffered from smoke damage.




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Suspected burglar got trapped in a chimney while attempting to enter the home he was about to rob.
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