A burglar who got stuck in a chimney dies after the homeowner lit a fire in a horrific story of a burglary gone very bad. The deceased suspect was identified as 19-year-old Cody Caldwell, who police believed attempted to burglarize the Fresno home sometime Friday night by climbing down the chimney.
According to Fox News on November 30, it wasn’t until the homeowner went to start a fire on Saturday that Caldwell was discovered in the chimney. The homeowner heard screams after lighting the fire and immediately tried to put the fire out.
While trying to extinguish the fire, the home filled up with smoke. The homeowner said Caldwell was still moving around in the chimney 10 minutes after he put out the fire. When the police, the fire department and paramedics arrived, they had to dismantle the chimney to get to Caldwell. By the time they reached the would-be burglar he was dead.
The Fresno County coroner’s officials said Caldwell died due to thermal burns, which he got when the fire was lit, according to The Los Angeles Times. Other websites are reporting he died from both burns and smoke inhalation. The police estimate he had been stuck in that chimney for close to 24 hours before the homeowner started the fire and heard Caldwell scream.
The homeowner had come home and lit the fire just before 3 p.m. on Saturday. Caldwell was pronounced dead on the scene. Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Brandon Pursell said the home suffered smoke damage and the chimney was the dismantled by the fire department. According to Fox, it wasn’t immediately known if Caldwell had a prior police record.