by: Brittney Donovan Posted: Apr 19, 2021 / 01:39 PM PDT / Updated: Apr 19, 2021 / 01:57 PM PD
SAN DIEGO — A suspected burglar had to be rescued Monday morning after he fell through the roof of a Chula Vista business, according to first responders.
Police believe the man was trying to steal copper from 1161 Bay Boulevard when he fell through the ceiling. Chula Vista Fire Battalion Chief Brendan Barahura said they got a call from police requesting help in rescuing the man.
“They had a victim that had fallen through a sky light and was entangled in copper wiring from an air conditioner unit,” Barahura said. “His whole body was entangled.”
Barahura said before firefighters got there, Chula Vista police pulled the man up out of the sky light and onto the roof.
“At that point, we just had to disentangle him from the copper wiring then extricate from the roof,” Barahura said. “He would’ve fallen probably 25 feet to a concrete floor so yeah, it definitely kept him from falling.”
Video from Onscene.TV showed firefighters bringing the man to the ground in a metal basket. Barahura said they cut through 40 copper tubes to free him.
The man was taken to the hospital with injuries of undisclosed severity. Police said he is expected to face burglary charges.