Firefighters rescue man from chimney after friends lock him out in prank

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP -July 6, 2015) — Phoenix firefighters have rescued a man who became stuck after trying to re-enter a house through the chimney.

Fire Capt. Aaron Ernsberger says it took 30 minutes Sunday morning for firefighters to free the 23-year-old man.

He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Ernsberger says the man’s friends locked him out of the house as a prank. The man thought he could get back inside through the chimney.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 3 a.m.

Phoenix Fire Department video shows firefighters chipping away at a chimney wall and pulling the man out.

The man, completely covered in soot, was able to walk but appeared to be limping.