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April 15, 1990 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
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...
NEWS
October 4, 1999 | by Christine Bahls, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
LIVING
July 18, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 2, 1992 | By Herb Drill, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
May 22, 1987 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
LIVING
December 23, 2005 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
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.
LIVING
December 7, 2007 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
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.
SPORTS
December 24, 2012
Join the conversation after Eagles games with the Daily News. Send reactions by email to bausmac@phillynews.com ; 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.
NEWS
May 21, 1987 | By JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | Inquirer staff report
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.
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NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
When Rosalie Chris Lerman returned to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2006 with family, everyone filed into a long, brick barracks and paused at a particular wooden shelf by a window. That's where, Mrs. Lerman said, she slept with eight other girls when she was just 16, where she saw a chimney belch the blackest, most acrid smoke every day. Mrs. Lerman learned something from that window, her daughter said, and it saved her spirit. "Looking at that window, at the chimney, she somehow summoned up hope.
NEWS
December 29, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara O'Brien of Cherry Hill needed a cap placed on her chimney. The $50 job, however, turned into a $3,100 ordeal after the contractor told O'Brien that her chimney was no longer attached to her house. It had collapsed from the weight of a ladder, she was told. "I was horrified," she said. She called a friend - a Cherry Hill police officer - for help. More than two years later, O'Brien received a $3,100 restitution check. O'Brien, 63, is among 31 homeowners across the state who this month received part of $150,000 in restitution after an investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office concluded that the company deliberately damaged homes to charge for expensive repairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I had granite countertops installed in the kitchen about five years ago by Riya Imports L.L.C. in Monroe Township, N.J. There is a hairline crack about 22 inches long in front of the sink. I tried reaching the installer, but it apparently is out of business. No help was available at either Home Depot or Lowe's, or at other granite suppliers. Is there anything you can suggest other than replacing it, which is too expensive? Answer: I tried calling Riya, and the number was no longer in service.
SPORTS
December 24, 2012
Join the conversation after Eagles games with the Daily News. Send reactions by email to bausmac@phillynews.com ; 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We just had our chimney cleaned and the gentleman is advising us to have our chimney lined, for which he gave us an estimate of $2,800. How in the world does one know when a chimney needs a liner? Our house is 40 years old. Is that an indicator that it does? He took a flashlight and showed me a pile of whitish material in the back of the furnace pipe that was about 21/2 inches high. What do you think? Answer: From what I understand, age of the house may only be one factor in determining whether your chimney needs a liner.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | Inquirer staff report
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.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens
This winter has been a shifty one. One day is fair, the next, well, not particularly wintry. If the weather trends continue, spring cleanup this year should be a snap. No storm damage to worry about, for one thing; no ice dams on the roof, no clogged gutters, no overtaxed furnaces trying to keep up. Unless you've put off routine upkeep for eons, the fixes your house does require may not be as expensive as they might have been. So what you should be doing now is planning maintenance and repair tasks and setting priorities.
NEWS
February 4, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: What is the most efficient way to run a refrigerator in an unheated garage? My father unplugs his refrigerator and leaves the door open. Unfortunately, at that point all the liquids tend to freeze. Answer: A garage does present some special issues for refrigerators. To avoid the premature compressor failure that can result from oil thickened by colder temperatures (and cause untimely fridge death), the air surrounding a refrigerator must be 55 degrees or higher.
NEWS
October 15, 2010 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We had a fireplace built in our living room in 1976. It is a grayish brick, but the bricks are not flat; they're bumpy to look more like stone. We have not used the fireplace in many years. Now the bricks at the bottom of the fireplace are starting to disintegrate. The outside surface is crumbling into a white powder, and the inside seems to be made of this white powder also. What is causing this, and what can we do to prevent it happening to all the bricks? Answer : It's likely moisture is causing the bricks to crumble.
NEWS
June 18, 2010 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question : We bought a house last year that had a beautiful vented gas fireplace. However, we were told it was in need of a new chimney flue. Because replacing the flue was so expensive, we were told by chimney people that we could seal off the chimney and change to a ventless gas-log set. When I went to a gas fireplace store, they told us that it was unsafe to put ventless logs in a fireplace with the flue sealed off and that we would have to open the window slightly when using the ventless logs.
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