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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Script is it: Classic Pitt helmet design to return vs. Georgia Tech
  2. 2 dead, including student gunman, after Wash. school shooting
  3. Predators winger Neal caught ‘blindsided’ by trade from Penguins
  4. Pirates to end spring in Philadelphia again, sign Stinson to minor league deal
  5. Wilkinsburg couple arrested after baby girl dies following beating
  6. Ferrante trial: Cyanide order form in plain sight
  7. Authorities: Remains belong to missing Va. student
  8. PennDOT warns of delays next week on Butler Street near Highland Park Bridge
  9. Arrest made in connection with Rostraver home invasion
  10. Rossi: Middling Steelers must make a statement
  11. State’s ‘public-private’ transportation deal will replace 53 bridges in Allegheny County
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.