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Man falls from Portland elementary school chimney

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A man on a first date fell 25 feet from the chimney of a northwest Portland elementary school Tuesday night.

Firefighters say 25-year-old Taylor Anderson was climbing the wires supporting the Chapman Elementary School chimney Tuesday night when he fell onto the first-story roof.

A witness came to Anderson's aid and firefighters then climbed to the roof. Crews put Anderson in a rescue litter and carried him down an aerial ladder shortly after 9:30 p.m.

He was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition in the hospital's trauma unit Wednesday morning.

Firefighters say Anderson was on a first date at the time of the incident. It's unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the fall. It's also unclear why he was climbing the chimney.

Portland police say Anderson has not been charged with a crime, but if Chapman school officials so choose, he could be charged with trespassing for climbing the guide wires of the school's chimney.

Chapman Elementary is a popular destination to watch Vaux's swifts as they gather to roost in the chimney. But firefighters say the incident had nothing to do with bird-watching.

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