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DC hotel guest falls 10 floors to his death in boiler shaft

Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-02 10:44:05-05
WASHINGTON (AP) - Police and fire officials say a guest at a Washington hotel died after falling into a boiler shaft on the roof and plunging 10 floors to the basement.
 
D.C. police spokesman Rachel Schaerr tells The Washington Post  23-year-old John Leonard of Herndon, Virginia, fell around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the 9-story Dupont Circle Hotel. Authorities say he had gone to the roof with someone else, possibly his girlfriend.
 
Schaerr says Leonard went to the roof to get a good view of the city.
 
A spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said crews that specialize in confined-space rescues recovered Leonard's body.
 
A manager at the Dupont Circle Hotel called the incident "a tragic accident" in a prepared statement. He did not offer more details.
 

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