So the story goes that the owner of this house was gone when 19-year-old Cody Caldwell thought it would be a fine home to burglarize. But he wouldn’t smash a window or break a door, he would come down the chimney! Of course he got stuck, and was probably wondering what he was going to do.
He had lots of time to think about it, as the homeowner didn’t come home until the next day. But it wasn’t until the afternoon when he met his doom. The homeowner put on a fire, with no idea that our friend Cody was in the chimney.
I can’t imagine being the homeowner, having no idea that someone was trying to get in his house, and was trapped in the chimney, and had been there for some time. Upon lighting the fire, his house was filling with smoke, and there was screaming coming from the chimney. He had to call the fire department who dismantled the chimney, but it was too late.
I keep envisioning the scene from one of the darker versions of “Three Little Pigs” where the wolf is in the chimney, and the pigs light the fire on purpose. I never thought I’d hear a real story about that.