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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Girl Survives 140' Fall Unscathed

New Yorker, Grace Bergere, suffered no internal injuries when she plunged 14 stories down the chimney of her apartment building.

The young girl (12) had taken her visiting cousin to the rooftop to enjoy the view of the Hudson River. She climbed the 25' ladder to the top of the chimney for a better view. Then she fell in!

Her cousin raced to inform emergency services, who feared the worst. But when they opened the metal door in the boiler room, Grace's little hand popped up from two-feet of soot. "She was covered in soot. She was black all over," said one witness.

The building's janitor said he was glad he had not had the chimney swept, while Bergere's father called her survival "an absolute miracle."

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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