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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

May 3, 2013 at 5:39 AM

Body recovered on electrical tower

UPDATE AT 10:11 A.M.: Seattle City Light is reviewing how the man was able to climb the tower since there are no ladders near the ground.

UPDATE 7 A.M.: The man’s body was recovered from an electrical tower in Fremont before 7 a.m. A baseball cap and cell phone were also found, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Original post:
The Associated Press

The Seattle Fire Department says a climber is presumed dead in a fiery fall on a high-voltage electrical tower.

Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says Seattle City Light advised firefighters to remain on the ground because of the danger of electrocution.

He says a Snohomish County helicopter spotted a person on a platform on the 150-foot level, but no sign of life.

Moore says City Light is turning off the power so firefighters can recover the body.

A person who lives near the tower says he was on his deck before 1 a.m. Friday and saw an explosion with electrical popping and crackling sounds and a small fire. He says he heard a man calling for five or 10 minutes, then he apparently fell to the platform.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: dead, electrical tower, man falls


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