A tight fit turned out to be too tight Rescuers free man from chimney. Attempted burglary charges expected.


Alton Lott, a Baltimore man far smaller than Santa Claus, was rescued early today from a 1-foot-square chimney police say he entered in a bungled burglary attempt.

Mr. Lott, who is 5-foot-8 and about 140 pounds, was pulled from the chimney in the 1100 block of W. Mulberry St. about 1 a.m.

Mr. Lott, 26, of the 800 block of W. Lexington St., told police he had taken refuge there about 8 o'clock last night because he was being chased by several people. However, police planned to serve him with a warrant charging him with attempted burglary today, once he is released from University of Maryland Medical ++ Center, where he was in good condition.

Mr. Lott's predicament went unnoticed until Donte Shields, 17, a resident of 1111 Mulberry St., heard him call for help shortly before midnight. Rescuers used a pneumatic chisel to remove him from the confines of the chimney into the custody of the Baltimore police department.

"He's lucky we didn't find him a few months from now," said Officer Darryl Collins.

Firefighters and police used sledge hammers to tear apart the chimney at 1113 Mulberry, a vacant house. Then they realized that someone was trapped next door, at 1111 Mulberry.

Using the chisel, firefighters worked for nearly 30 minutes removing bricks from the chimney in the second-floor front room at 1111 Mulberry until they freed Mr. Lott.

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