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Man Dies After Falling Down Elevator Shaft During Birthday Celebration In Center City

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 25-year old man has died after falling into an elevator shaft in Center City late Friday night.

The unidentified man was reportedly celebrating his 25th birthday Friday night when he tried to take the elevator from his 5th story apartment to meet friends on the first floor of 701 Chestnut Street.

Police say at 11:41 p.m. he stepped into and fell down an elevator shaft of an old style, gated elevator. Police say the lights were out and he didn’t realize the elevator wasn’t on his floor.

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Firefighters were called to free the man. He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a little after 1 a.m.

It is unclear whether alcohol or any foul play was involved. Police and L & I are investigating this incident.

Reported by Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio

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