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Crews rescue man stuck in grease vent of empty California restaurant

Crews rescue man stuck in grease vent of empty California restaurant

A man was rescued Wednesday morning after spending two days trapped in the grease vent of a vacant Chinese restaurant, police said.

"When first responders arrived on scene, they could hear the voice and quickly determined it was coming from a roof vent atop the restaurant". It took them about 30 minutes to cut the vent big enough to reach the man, firefighters said, showing the process in a series of photos.

The sheriff's office has opened a trespassing and vandalism investigation, but said it did not know if the man was trying to break in to the restauraunt.

The man was unable to move despite being coated in grease and oil.

The suspected burglar told his rescuers he’d been in the small vent for two days
The suspected burglar told his rescuers he’d been in the small vent for two days

Ray Kelly tells the San Francisco Chronicle the man was in generally good condition despite being exposed to the cold and the elements.

In addition to the fire and police departments, the Alameda County Health Department and Building Department also responded to the call. Firefighters spent roughly half an hour extracting the man from the duct with cutting tools at roughly 9:30am local time Wednesday. He was then transported to a local hospital for further evaluation, according to the fire department.

He said: "We are very thankful to our citizen reporter and our firefighters for saving this man". "It is likely he would not have survived another day given the circumstances". It is unknown if the suspect meant to commit a burglary.

The unnamed man was found to be physically exhausted and dehydrated, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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