Man dies after fall from smokestack
A man in his 20s died early Saturday after apparently falling down a smokestack from the roof at the Connecticut House Apartments in Northwest Washington, authorities said.
District Fire and Emergency Medical Services rescuers arrived at the apartment building in the 4500 block of Connecticut Avenue about 3:45 a.m. after receiving a report that someone might have fallen down the smokestack. Witnesses told rescuers that it appeared the man fell from the top of the smokestack on the roof of the nine-story building, said Pete Piringer, a Fire and EMS spokesman.
“Firefighters and rescuers were met by individuals who indicated there may have been several people or a small gathering on the roof,” Piringer said, adding that the roof has a designated patio area.
The man was found at the bottom of the smokestack shaft on the building’s B2 level, a fall that authorities estimated would have been about 90 feet. Rescuers were able to remove the man to floor level, where he was declared dead.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the man’s fall and would not say whether alcohol was involved. Police have identified the man but had not released his name as of Saturday afternoon because they had not yet notified his family.
-- Josh White
Washington Post editors
| April 24, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, DC | Tags: Apartment, Chimney, Connecticut Avenue, Josh White, Police
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