From The Fat Into The Fire: Man Tries To Enter WLB Donut Shop Via Exhaust Duct For Frier, Gets Stuck, Freed By LBFD, Arrested By LBPD
(Sept. 21, 2003, updated Sept. 22) -- A man decided to enter a WLB donut shop in the 1500 block of West Willow St. by sliding down an exhaust duct for the fat frier and got stuck, trapping himself for nearly ten hours.
Photo: Capt. Scott Clegg, LBFD
LBFD Public Information Officer Capt. Scott Clegg says a donut baker in the store had just finished making the day's donuts when he heard a noise...and suddenly a pair of legs came bursting through the stove hood. [!]
Meanwhile, in a Laurel and Hardy style series of events, the man became entangled in the business' fire extinguishing system, setting it off and spraying a fine powder throughout the kitchen.
The donut baker called LBFD...and rescue workers found the man had slid about eight to ten feet down the shaft before becoming lodged.
Photo: Battalion Chief Jeff Reeb, LBFD
|LBFD's Urban Search and Rescue team arrived and set up a technical lifting device to raise the guy from the shaft...until firefighters discovered they could also cut some piping from below and lower him more safely.|
LBFD had him freed about one hour after arriving. He sustained lacerations and was transported to a local hopital.
And he's now stuck again...this time in LB's jail.
LBPD Public Information Officer Nancy Pratt says the 21-year old man was booked on charges of commercial burglary.