A burglar stuck in a chimney died Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire in the fireplace, California authorities said.
He climbed in the chimney on Friday to rob a him in Huron but was stuck for a day before the homeowner returned.
When the homeowner lit the fire, the robber screamed. The homeowner worked to put the fire out, filling the house with smoke.
Firefighters responded and pulled them man out of the chimney but he was dead. They don’t know yet if he died from burns, smoke inhalation or other injuries.
The homeowners’ house suffered smoke damage and a busted chimney.
Authorities are withholding the man’s name until his family is notified.