Big fireplace problem

My elderly relative has a big problem with his fireplace. A few years ago, he and his wife were sitting in the living room and were startled by a loud clunk. A fire brick had fallen down inside the chimney and hit the metal damper. Over a period of months they probably had a total of 3-4 fall. Perhaps this was because he built his fires too hot in the past, who knows. So for the last 8-9 years they have just not used the fireplace. However, at some point, he will need to sell the house, and disclose the fireplace problem, or the new owner could have a housefire. The question is, can this be repaired. It's a pretty large fireplace, but I don't recall the exact dimensions or whether a person can easily fit down into it (do they ever do that?) The fireplace is not on an outside wall but is on a common wall between the living room and a bedroom. I guess that would be the other option, however distasteful and costly--to tear through the sheetrock of the bedroom into the back of the chimney. Otherwise, he'd have to tell a new owner never to use the fireplace. Any thoughts/recommendations?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
They should be able to add a sleve into the chimmney... I'd be real concerned about the whole chimmney if bricks are falling out though...
GarySport wrote:

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.