April 15, 1990 |
A Kennett Square man who fell down a chimney and became stuck overnight has been arrested on burglary charges. Court documents and state police at Avondale gave this account of the incident, which happened at a building on Lake Road in London Grove: Belarmino Bedoya-Alvarez, 25, of the Center Square Apartments, fell 20 feet down the chimney from a garage roof after 4:30 p.m. April 3. No one heard his cries for help until an employee arrived...
October 4, 1999 |
It was an absolutely awful way to die. And ironic as it gets. Workers knocking down a chimney in an ages-closed, theft-prevention business on North 12th Street discovered the remains of a man who had died inside the chimney. He apparently had entered it so he could burglarize the place. It's possible, police said yesterday, that the skeletal remains had been crouched there for five years. If it's who police suspect it is - he had a welfare card inside his pocket - then the bones found belonged to a known burglar with numerous Social Security numbers, birth dates and aliases.
July 18, 2008 |
Here's some advice from the readers that relates to two household problems discussed in this space recently: Summertime chimney odors: "We have had this problem for years. During hot, humid days, heavier, denser air is drawn down the chimney, causing the odor of a sooty fire to seep into the room. "An inexpensive way to combat the problem is to burn one or two scented candles in the fireplace. The warmth from the candles creates an updraft in the chimney and draws the smell out of the room.
January 2, 1992 |
While you watch the logs burn in your fireplace for warmth or cheer, remember that fire could kill you if you haven't been careful about your chimney liner. This is especially important throughout Bucks County, where there are many old stone farmhouses, says Genevieve Bures, a private fire investigator, and Lower Makefield Township resident Mark Schaub, who runs a company called Chimney-Savers. The big danger, Bures says, is pyrolysis, the decomposing or drying out of the wood in the supporting structure of the house next to the chimney.
May 22, 1987 |
Alberto Carrera found out the hard way yesterday that getting out of a chimney requires more than Santa Claus' method of laying a finger aside of the nose and giving a nod. Carrera, a good deal skinnier than Santa, managed to get himself stuck in the chimney of Philadelphia Auctioneer's in the 200 block of West Laurel Street in Fishtown, according to police. It took firefighters working with picks and axes about a half-hour to get Carrera out, police said. Carrera, 22, who gave police two addresses before identifying himself as a street person, was detained under police guard at James C. Giuffre Medical Center for observation.
December 23, 2005 |
Question: I've seen a number of articles recently about the importance of getting the chimney swept every so often - one writer counseled doing it annually. Is that necessary if you burn only Duraflame logs, or perhaps all that wax makes it more important? What if you have a gas fireplace? Answer: If you have a gas fireplace insert, annual chimney sweeping isn't necessary because it doesn't produce the creosote that would coat the inside of the chimney. And if you have a ventless gas fireplace, there's no need for sweeping at all because the damper is left open only a crack.
December 7, 2007 |
Question: I have a fireplace with a glass-door insert. With the doors open and a roaring fire, everything is fine, but as the fire burns down I get the smell of smoke in the room. I've tried cracking open the window a little, but it doesn't seem to help. I had an extension put on the chimney, but this didn't help. I would have to close the doors, or keep the fire roaring to avoid smoke. I've been told it could be wind, but it happens all the time. Any suggestions? Answer: Even if a chimney has been thoroughly cleaned, there often can be enough residual creosote - unburned fuel deposited on the insides of the chimney - to capture moisture from the air. That is the likely cause of the odor.
December 24, 2012
Join the conversation after Eagles games with the Daily News. Send reactions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org ; use the hashtag #eaglesaftermath on Twitter; or visit the Daily News Facebook page. Here is a sampling after Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Redskins. ANDY CLAUS TRIED to get this gaggle of misfit toys to push just once more in front of the home elves. Sadly, he couldn't even get down the chimney. The Misfits had caused their usual mischief; turnovers and missed tackles once again kept the bicycle from being assembled.
May 21, 1987 |
The first thing the manager of Philadelphia Auctioneers heard at work this morning was moaning and groaning in the chimney. The first call Michael DeLong made this morning was to police. By 8:30 a.m., police and firemen had pulled Alberto Carrera from the chimney in Northern Liberties, where he had been trapped for 13 hours. Carrera, 22, was missing his shoes, but he was conscious. He asked for water, and told rescuers he had climbed down the chimney of the business at 202 W. Laurel St. at 7 p.m. Carrera did not divulge any reason for climbing down the chimney, but he apparently was not trying to be Santa Claus in May. Police said they are investigating whether to charge Carrera with burglary.
March 7, 2012 |
Some would-be chimney sweepers evidently are cleaning out more than chimneys, according to police in Delaware County. An unknown man arrived at a home on Northwood Road on Monday, offering to clean a chimney for $40, police said. But when the man asked to use the bathroom and spent an unusually long time in there, the homeowner became suspicious. After the man left, the homeowner checked the master bedroom and discovered that three rings were missing from a drawer. Springfield Township police said they also have investigated two similar incidents.