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FDNY rescues teen locked inside vault in abandoned warehouse

Firefighters had to cut through four courses of brick and one-eighth-inch steel to rescue the teen


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By David Luces
Staten Island Advance

NEW YORK — A 15-year-old boy who locked himself in a vault in an abandoned New York City warehouse eventually needed the FDNY to free him, according to a report.

Earlier this week, the teen and two friends went to the empty spice warehouse on Franklin Avenue and Montgomery Street in Crown Heights, NBCNewYork reported.

After gaining entrance to the warehouse, the teens came upon a 4-foot-by-4-foot vault that was open, the report said.

One of the teens entered the vault and another closed the door behind him. Once it became clear that the door was locked shut, the group called 911, according to the report.

“There was another kid here that was with the other kid. And he came and he showed the members how to get into the locked building to show them where the vault was,” FDNY Battalion Chief Tim Gimpel told the outlet.

Firefighters cut through an eighth of an inch of steel and 10 inches of brick in an effort to free the teen, NBCNews reported.

It’s unknown how long the teen was trapped inside. He was checked by EMS and later released to a parent. Charges are not expected to be filed against the teen.

The NYPD secured the area to prevent future break-ins at the building, according to the report.

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