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Climber dies in fall on Seattle power tower

SEATTLE — A man was apparently electrocuted when he climbed a 200-foot tower, touched a high-voltage power line, and fell to a platform where his body was recovered by a fire department team.

Firefighters found a cap and a cellphone next to the body but nothing to indicate why he climbed the tower early Friday, said department spokesman Kyle Moore.

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There was no one at the scene who said they knew the man, Moore said. The King County medical examiner’s office took the body to determine identification and cause of death.

‘‘We don’t know why he climbed the tower,’’ said police spokesman Renee Witt. ‘‘There’s nothing to indicate it was something other than an accidental death from trespassing.’’

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The fire department initially received a report about 12:30 a.m. Friday of what appeared to be a transformer fire on the tower that carries 120,000-volt lines across the Lake Washington Ship Canal in the Fremont neighborhood.

It was followed by a report of witnesses seeing a flash of crackling sparks and a man falling.

Associated Press

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