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Chimney Fire Destroys Windsor Home
WINDSOR (NEWS CENTER) --An early morning chimney fire in Windsor has left three people homeless.
     Firefighters were called to the 763 Ridge Road home around 5:00 am. The fire which began in the chimney quickly spread. The two adults and child living in the home escaped unharmed thanks to working smoke detectors. The home is owned by Kathleen Lassalle. Lasselle's son Troy, his girlfriend and her daughter had been living in the home. The Red Cross is currently assisting the family.
 
Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney - Read this bed time tale
 
On Repairing and Relining Chimneys - From BobVila.com
 
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Funny News:  Funniest white trash. Guy stuck in chimney hit in face - click here for video
 
The Chimney Speaks (A lesson on your chimney) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UNiD51slS0

 

NYC girl survives 180-foot fall down chimney

USA TODAY 8/2/2008

NEW YORK — A 12-year-old girl just wanted to show her cousin the view from her family's Manhattan rooftop. Instead, she fell into a chimney and plummeted down the flue for 14 stories, emerging nearly unscathed to tell her story after landing in a pile of furnace soot.

Grace Bergere, a young rock drummer, was recovering at a hospital on Saturday with an injured hip. A 2-foot-deep pile of ash and dust probably saved her life by cushioning her fall when she crashed into a basement furnace, fire officials said.

"I broke my leg! I broke my leg!" she yelled out after rescuers spotted her soot-caked hand reaching out for help.

Fire Chief Austin Horan said the 12-year-old emerged "relatively unscathed" from the accident Thursday night at the Westbeth Artists Housing complex in the West Village neighborhood. The complex houses artists, including Grace's father, Steve Berger, a jazz guitarist.

"It's a miracle; it's an absolute miracle," he said.

Firefighters responding to a 911 call never expected to find the girl alive. While her father screamed her name, they opened a little metal door at the bottom of the chimney, ready for the worst.

When Grace's small hand poked out, "I just jumped back," Lt. Simon Ressner told reporters on Friday. "I wasn't expecting anybody alive at the bottom of the shaft, so I was shocked."

When they pulled her out, Grace was covered with black, only her eyes and mouth visible.

She said she was having a hard time breathing and was afraid her neck might be broken; they placed a brace on her and gave her oxygen.

By then, her mother had rushed to her side, crying while her father comforted the child as paramedics took her to the hospital.

The rooftop adventure started at about 10:30 p.m., when Grace decided to show her cousin visiting from California the spectacular view from a rooftop deck overlooking the Hudson River.

To get to the highest point, she climbed up a 25-foot ladder alongside the big brick chimney. When she reached the top, there was a surprise: the gaping mouth of the chimney, which swallowed her and sent her plunging down the narrow flue into the basement.

"I think she probably went down head first and landed on her back," Ressner said.

Grace was recovering at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital Center on Saturday, talking to visitors and watching TV, but still in pain. She was in fair condition.

 

From www.patheticstories.com

A man who spent five hours naked and stuck in the chimney of his stepmother's home was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs.

Police say the man age 23, locked himself out of the house and decided to get in on a cable TV wire through the chimney.

But the wire broke and he fell, getting stuck about three-quarters of the way down. He was freed when a firefighter pushed him to safety.

"We get him up, and he's naked as a jaybird," said a police Lt. involved in the rescue mission.
"He tells us he took his clothes off because there would be less friction going down the chute. We did find his clothes. So that part checked out."

Authorities were called about 6:15 a.m. A neighbor heard "faint, distressing" calls since about 2:30 a.m. and decided to call police. Police say it probably wasn't a comfortable few hours for the nude man.

"He's not fat," another police man said, "but he used to play football. He's not that little."
 
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The Chimney Sweeps: A Climbing Boy Extract

By Mark M Lichterman     December 24, 1843  London, England

Dawn

     Two figures trudged up the dirt road.The man taking long, purposeful strides.

 

Weighed down by the load he carried, his harsh breath coming in white plumes, panting, struggling to keep up with Johnson, Zachariah didn't notice as a single coil of rope slipped off his shoulder, trailed behind, then tangled in his feet. Tripping, he fell at the place the dirt road ended and the cobblestone street began.

 

Paces ahead, looking over his shoulder, stopping with a sound of disgust, going back to the fallen boy, Johnson lifted him bodily onto his feet and with a slap to the back of his head, sent him stumbling forward again.

 

Through shame, anger, the cold, or all three, continuing on, struggling under the weight he carried on his shoulders and in his arms, Zachariah hunched his head even deeper into the collar of his coat.

 

Finally, ahead a half mile or so, the glow of the factory's furnaces could be seen through the diminishing pre-morning darkness.

 

Soon, the noise of men at work came softly, then, as they walked closer, the sounds became louder, the voices pronounced.

 

As the boy and man entered the massive brick and block barn of a factory, sounds assailed their ears: the irritating noise of grinding, the tortured whine of cutting steel, the nerve-jarring din of steel hammering onto steel. Thick, black, greasy smoke hung beneath the three-story rafters. Dozens of workers could be seen moving, milling, hauling, straining. Men wearing gloves and aprons made of leather were removing strips of white-hot metal with steel tongs from three of four huge, coal-fed furnaces. The fourth, its stack having already been cleaned two-thirds of the way, was

shut down awaiting to be finished.

 

John Archibald was standing behind his tall, battered foreman's desk. The desk, on a raised platform, gave the plant foreman a commanding view of the entire factory.

 

As the two entered, he saw Johnson first, then, paces behind, the boy. Putting the quill down, watching as they made their way around boxes, barrels, machinery and work benches, Lord 'elp 'im! Archibald thought as he saw the boy struggle beneath the weight he carried.

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Chimney Sweep Story

Do you remember the first time you saw the movie Mary Poppins? Did you ever wonder about the mysterious lives of the many chimney sweeps in that movie?

The magic of the scene on the rooftops of London, with chimney sweeps dancing precariously close to the roof's edge, thrills audiences of many ages. Chimney sweeps are not only of an era gone by; sweeping is an interesting and rewarding profession that entails many projects, and has an intriguing history.

Sweeping was begun mostly in England during the 17th or 18th century, where it was the government's wishes that all flues, or chimneys, be swept often.

The chimneys of the period were very large, so small boys, usually sold into slavery from orphanages, called "climbing boys" were sent up the flue to brush away the soot by hand. Often, an older more experienced boy followed behind. If the new boy slowed down or stopped, the boy underneath would poke the younger boy's feet with needles. It was because of this and because many children got stuck and died in chimneys that narrowed at the top, that the Queen of England supposedly offered a reward for a better way of cleaning the chimneys. Thus, the rods and brushes that are still used today came into use. It is also said that once, one of England's kings had an incident with his horse, and a chimney sweep gentled the horse and prevented the king from being thrown to the ground. The king returned the sweep with a gesture that all sweeps would get one day off per year, by law.

So, how did the profession change from the early Victorian days to today?

During the 1900's families did prefer to use other, more convenient forms of heating - gas and electricity in particular, but because of the two oil crises in the 1970's, prices of heating fuels soared and many people decided to go back to cutting and burning their own wood. Often this was done in fireplaces that had not been properly cleaned or serviced in a very long time causing many chimney and house fires. As the popularity of fireplaces increased, so did the need for chimney sweeps, a trade still growing today.

Some sweeps found the market for this business on their own, and many others discovered it through an article that appeared in a 1977 issue of the Mother Earth News, a popular, alternative lifestyle magazine of that time. The article regenerated interest in the nearly forgotten trade. It described the importance and ways of cleaning flues and how to go about starting a sweeping business.

The traditional outfit of top hat and tails was worn because wealthy undertakers would give their clothes away to the sweeps - a very different outfit from the coverings worn today. In fact, after researching why many of the early sweeps didn't live past their teen years, it was found that creosote, a highly combustible by-product of wood or coal burning, is carcinogenic, which today we know is cancer-causing. Another myth says that in England it was considered bad manners to bathe. So sweeps in England never washed the soot off their bodies. It is said that they took the soot from the day's chimney cleaning's with them and made a pillow out of it.

Today's sweep wears coveralls and most use respirator filters so as not to breathe the soot because it IS carcinogenic.

What does the modern sweep do? Although America's chimney service is still in its infancy, the modern sweep takes pride in being able to diagnose, service, and repair chimneys and venting systems that serve a full range of fuels, such as coal, wood, gas, oil, pellets, corn, and more. Some install wood burning appliances and reline damaged chimneys. Some even work with venting systems for natural gas appliances. In 1988, a team of National Chimney Sweep Guild certified sweeps had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of servicing the most famous household fireplaces in the nation. The address - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. Although a highly recognized home, the job was a fairly routine one, yet still quite memorable. The sweeps began their talk by doing a video scan with a special camera of each chimney, determining what each one would require. Some needed as little as a routine sweep, others as much as a major masonry repair. The team of 10 shared this about one chimney, " . .we found that an entire section of tile and chimney was missing, so we were virtually sweeping the backside of the wallpaper in one of the more historic rooms in the mansion."

In some cultures, sweeps have the authority to tell someone not to use his chimney and can even put a person in jail if he does - chimney cops! Often, a sweep will find very interesting objects in a chimney.  For example, some have found anything from real animals to decoys.

How do chimney sweeps learn their trade? In Canada, there are a series of courses and tests that are taken before one can be WETT (Wood Energy Technical Training) certified. In the United States, the trade can be learned through the Sweeps School or there is a testing procedure for certification by the National Chimney Sweep Guild through the Chimney Safety Institute of America. They learn how to clean the  damper, fire shelf, and firebox. They also learn how to diagnose, service, and Repair many problems.

Chimney sweeping has come a long way over a long period of time. As one sweep remarked after working on the White House, "We all regarded it as an honor to be there, to work shoulder to shoulder with respected Colleagues, and there was just a real team spirit and cooperation. That's what's so great about chimney sweeps; there's a sense of fellowship that you don't get in other industries.

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