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Man dies in fall from Sacred Heart’s rooftop helicopter pad

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

A man was killed Friday afternoon when he fell from the rooftop helicopter pad at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. (Kip Hill / The Spokesman-Review)
A man was killed Friday afternoon when he fell from the rooftop helicopter pad at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. (Kip Hill / The Spokesman-Review)

A man died Friday afternoon when he fell from the rooftop helicopter pad at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Major Crimes detectives from the Spokane Police Department were on the scene just west of the hospital’s emergency room Friday afternoon. Police received the initial call around 12:30 p.m., said Spokane Police Officer Josh Laiva.

Police do not suspect foul play, Laiva said.

The investigation has not affected hospital operations, said Liz DeRuyter, a spokeswoman for Providence. Those with appointments Friday afternoon should keep them, she said.

Laiva said there were multiple witnesses who were speaking with police.

It’s unclear how the man reached the helicopter pad, which is on the roof of the hospital’s main tower.

“We have security measures throughout the hospital,” DeRuyter said.

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