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D.C. hotel guest falls 10 floors to his death in boiler shaft

An ambulance is parked outside the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 1, 2017.


WASHINGTON - 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 told CBS D.C. affiliate WUSA-TV that the victim was 23-year-old John Leonard of Herndon, Virginia.

D.C. police spokesperson Rachel Schaerr told The Washington Post that Leonard 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 said 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.