TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Monessen firefighters free woman, 38, who was trapped in heat vent

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 2:26 a.m.
 

Firefighters freed a Monessen woman around 1:15 a.m. Thursday after her leg became trapped in a heating vent in the third floor of her residence.

Lori Sergi, 38, of 221 Luce Ave. had been “trapdoored” between the opening and the vent's metal grate, according to Municipal Fire Chief Delmar Hepple.

Firefighters had to cut around the metal grating to free the woman's right leg, which had dropped almost entirely into the duct.

“She was in there pretty deep, her pelvis was almost touching the floor,” Hepple said.

“We had to be careful making the cuts. Everything had to be done precisely because it was so close to her leg.”

Hepple said Sergi had previously removed the vent screen and failed to secure it.

She did not require medical attention. Monessen Hilltop Firefighters and city police responded.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Eagle egg breaks, parents abandon nest
  2. Pirates notebook: Locke makes bid for final rotation spot, Tabata cut
  3. Players respect coach, refuse to blame Johnston
  4. Rogue Catholics in Society of St. Pius X to reopen West End church
  5. Couple taken into custody after 8-hour standoff in Hempfield
  6. Penguins coach Johnston’s mother dies
  7. Norwin High School health teacher charged with selling heroin
  8. Cal U women win Division II national title with 86-69 win
  9. Pa. woman charged with forging docs to claim she was an attorney
  10. MLB commissioner: Pirates’ success starts in the front office
  11. Lombardi leads IUP to brink of men’s basketball national title