TACOMA, Wash. -- A man is now free after somehow getting trapped 20 feet down a boarded-up chimney at a Tacoma home early Tuesday morning.A technical rescue team was called to the 600 block of North J Street around 1:30 a.m. after getting word a 24-year-old man was stuck on about the second floor of the three-story home, which had been converted to apartments. The building's landlord said the man must have somehow gained access to the chimney through a third-floor crawl space because the chimney was sealed from above and below.Brian Crick who lives in the second floor apartment says fire crews pounded on his door and demanded to come in. They rushed to his wall, hammered off the drywall, and then used an air chisel to remove the bricks from the embedded chimney one at a time. "This is pretty crazy -- this is happening in my living room," Crick said. "I heard people upstairs; there was quite a commotion up there."The man was eventually freed and was not hurt. He was questioned by Tacoma police then released. As to how the man got there, one neighbor reports it was a game of hide and seek."A 24-year-old was playing hide-and-seek in the middle of the night... with nobody seeking him," said Aramina Jones. But officials are still trying to determine for sure why the man was in the chimney. "This is one of those unusual events, and sometimes when you get unusual events, you get different stories of how the event began and that is the case here," said Bat. Chief Dyre Fudge with Tacoma Fire Department. "Suffice to say, he got himself wedged there, and we got him out."
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