A 12-year-old girl is relatively unscathed after falling 180 feet down a New York City chimney.

Authorities say a 2-foot pile of soot and dust cushioned her fall, though both her legs were broken.

The girl apparently climbed into the chimney Thursday night while playing on the roof of a building in Manhattan. Rescuers found her at the chimney's base in a boiler room.

Fire Lt. Simon Ressner says rescuers hadn't expected to find her alive and were stunned when she reached her hand out for help.