Woman arrested after trying to enter home through chimney

Ventura County firefighters dismantle a chimney in Thousand Oaks on Sunday to rescue a woman stuck inside.
(Ventura County Fire Department)

A 28-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after trying to enter a Thousand Oaks home through the chimney.

But first she had to be rescued: She’d gotten stuck inside.

The incident began about 5:45 a.m. when authorities received calls from residents who said they heard a woman crying at the house in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive, according to a Ventura County sheriff’s spokesman.

Deputies arriving at the scene figured out that the woman, identified as Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, was stuck inside the chimney.


Firefighters had to dismantle the chimney from the top down, removing the brick exterior and a section of the flue, said fire Capt. Ron Oatman.

“Four feet in,” he said, “her hands were exposed.”

But it was still rough going, so firefighters poured dish soap down the flue and sprayed in some water, Oatman said. Then, “four firefighters on the roof captured her hands and grabbed her under the arms and lifted her straight on out,” he said.

The whole operation took about two hours.

Nunez-Figueroa was taken to a hospital and then booked into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of unauthorized entry of a dwelling and of giving false information to a police officer, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Her bail was set at $2,500. She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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