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That stinks! Firefighters rescue man who tumbled into trash chute while seeking dropped phone

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Firefighters rescue man who tumbled into trash chute while seeking dropped phone (PHOTO: DC Fire and EMS on Twitter)

WASHINGTON — A man looking for a dropped cellphone ended up in a stinky situation, tumbling into a building’s trash chute where he had to be rescued.

Washington, D.C., Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo says the man was throwing out trash at an apartment building when he thought he dropped the cellphone in the chute. Maggiolo says the man leaned in to check and fell inside.

Maggiolo says the man was able to call 911 from inside the trash chute around 3:00 a.m. Sunday, July 23rd, though it wasn’t clear what phone he used. A video posted online shows firefighter rescue crews pumping fresh air down the chute to the man through a hose. They eventually hauled him out using a harness.

Maggiolo says the man didn’t appear hurt and was released on the scene.