Minnesota boy falls approximately 50 feet down school chimney

The 14-year-old climbed the chimney with two friends, according to police.
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Chisago Lakes Middle School

Chisago Lakes Middle School

A boy was taken to a hospital with non-critical injuries after falling down a chimney atop a school building in east-central Minnesota. 

According to Lakes Area Police Department, the incident happened just after midnight August 14 at Chisago Lakes Middle School. There, a 14-year-old boy and two friends climbed the chimney before the 14-year-old fell approximately 50 feet inside the chimney. 

Three police officers responded to the school, including two school resource officers, while the Lindstrom Fire Deapartment was also called to the scene. 

With the boy trapped in the chimney, the officers were able to rescue him through a maintenance hatch. The teen was transported by Lakes Area EMS to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with unknown injuries, though police said his injuries were not life-threatening. 

Lakes Area PD said a key to the rescue was that a Chisago Lakes School District resource officer was quickly able to access the interior of the building and had "intimate knowledge of the school." 

The boy has not been identified. 

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