A man who authorities say was possibly trying to burglarize an abandoned Chinese restaurant has been rescued from the grease vent, where officials say he had been trapped for two days.
The Alameda County sheriff’s office says deputies and firefighters were called to the vacant building in San Lorenzo on Wednesday after someone heard cries for help.
The office says that when officials arrived they found the grease-covered man stuck inside the metal vent.
A neighboring business owner said he heard faint noises coming from the restaurant Tuesday night. He said he thought nothing of it until he came into work early Wednesday morning and heard the sounds again.
“So I went into the back and the door was open but the screen was locked. So as soon as I pulled the door I could hear. I keep hearing please help me. Please help me. Help me,” Igor Campos told KTVU.
Firefighters rescued the man about 9:30 a.m. 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.
People break into abandoned buildings to get copper wire and other recyclables to make some money so this maybe a case of that,” said Sergeant Ray Kelly with the Alameda County sheriff department.
Sgt. Ray Kelly tells the San Francisco Chronicle the man was in generally good condition despite being exposed to the elements.
Kelly says the unidentified man was taken to a hospital, and deputies will decide later whether to book him into jail or issue a citation.
Source: The Associated Press & KTVU