The homeowner is taking serious chances with the occupants, and major damage is likely to occur if this does collapse.
It could even cause the roof to collapse if enough weight is present.
This will likely require dissassembly of at least part of this chimney for rebuilding, and I am sure it won't be a cheap repair.
If this is not repaired, a storm or gust of wind could cause a disaster!
Some homeowners are sure brave!
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