Woman arrested after getting stuck in chimney

A woman has been rescued and then arrested after getting stuck in the chimney of a house of a man she reportedly met online.

Firefighters who responded to a report from a neighbour of a woman crying, had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with washing up soap to free Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.

The 30-year-old was arrested in Ventura County, California, on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police, according to the Ventura County Star.

Police say she knows the owner of the home in Thousand Oaks, who was not there at the time, but they did not elaborate further.

However, media reports say she had met the man online and had been on a number of dates with him.

The man told ABC 7 Los Angeles he had gone on a "few" dates with Nunez Figueroa but had recently ended the relationship.

"I'm going to be a little more cautious of who I invite into my house now," Lawrence, who did not want to reveal his last name, told the television station.

Nunez-Figueroa had no clear injuries, but was taken to hospital for evaluation.

Ventura County fire Captain Ron Oatman said firefighters destroyed the chimney and damaged the roof during Sunday's incident.

The woman's family have offered to pay for the damage, CBS reports.

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