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03/14/2018 09:40 EDT | Updated 03/28/2018 17:15 EDT

Man Dead After Falling Down Garbage Chute In Toronto Condo Building

It was not immediately clear whether he was a building employee or a resident.

Police say the man fell from the ninth floor.
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Police say the man fell from the ninth floor.

TORONTO — Police say a man is dead after he fell down a garbage chute in Toronto on Tuesday night.

Paramedics say it happened in a condo building, but it was not immediately clear whether he was a building employee or a resident.

Police are investigating the incident, and say the man fell from the 9th floor.

He was found with no vital signs and was pronounced dead at the scene, paramedics told CTV Toronto.

Officers are working to determine whether the death was an accident.

Acting Staff Sgt. Chazz Stern told CBC News that police are "treating it as a suspicious death."

The man's name and age have not been released, but he is believed to be in his 30s, according to CBC.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs says Ontario's Building Code includes safety requirements for garbage and laundry chutes, but they do not apply to existing buildings.

"Chute safety is addressed through requirements for automatic closures on garbage chute intake openings, and a requirement that they latch after use," ministry representative Praveen Senthinathan said in an email.

"There is no maximum size established for the opening. The larger the chute, the larger the required opening."

With files from HuffPost Canada

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