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Crews rescue boy wedged in chimney

A teenager had to be rescued by the fire service after falling down a chimney.

The 14-year-old boy became stuck in the seven-metre chimney on a commercial building in Carluke, North Lanarkshire.

Rescuers had to use specialist equipment to take apart the chimney brick by brick to reach the boy, who it is understood, received only minor injuries.

It was not clear how he came to fall down the chimney of the single-storey building in Cassels Street at around 5.15pm on Wednesday.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "This was a delicate operation which had to be carried out carefully and methodically with hand tools and specialist rescue equipment to prevent any further injury to the youth and to ensure that the stability of the building was not compromised."

The boy was taken to hospital as a precaution, the spokesman said.

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