How much damage can a scared 35 pound raccoon do after it comes down the chimney into an unoccupied home? At least it swept all the soot out on the way down, and we were able to track its movements through the house via sooty footprints.
Several points to make here…this home was inspected by a NON NACHI inspector. The lack of a rain cap/spark arrester was missed during the inspection. The chimney damper was left open, and the glass fireplace doors were also left open too.
All I can say is that a frightened and trapped 35 pound raccoon can do a hell of a lot of damage, when it’s trapped for a few days… This will cost the owners many thousands of Pesos to get fixed.