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'Foul play' not involved in death of man who fell down garbage chute from 9th floor, police say

No "foul play" is suspected in the death of a man in his 30s who fell down a garbage chute from the ninth floor of an apartment building in Sherwood Park late Tuesday, Toronto police say.

Fire crews pulled the man from the garbage chute system above the compactor late Tuesday

Toronto police say no foul play was involved in the death of a man who fell down a garbage chute in an apartment building on Tuesday night. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

No "foul play" is suspected in the death of a man in his 30s who fell down a garbage chute from the ninth floor of an apartment building in Sherwood Park late Tuesday, Toronto police say. 

Acting Staff Sgt. Chazz Stern of Toronto police's 53 Division, said officers received a call about unknown trouble in the high-rise building on Erskine Avenue, near Eglinton Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road, at about 10 p.m.

Initially, Stern told CBC Toronto the incident was being investigated as "a suspicious death." However, Const. Caroline de Kloet later said police are not looking for suspects and "do not believe that foul play is involved at this time." 

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said crews were the first on the scene and had to extricate the man from the garbage chute system. 
Toronto police officers talk to each other near the scene of a building where a man fell to his death on Tuesday night. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

The man was located above the area where the garbage is compacted. He said it was "difficult" situation because it was a confined space.

"That's a fairly complicated operation for us," Pegg said Wednesday. 

"They dissembled what needed to be taken apart. And ultimately, they were able to access the patient. Then from there, it becomes the responsibility of police and paramedics."

Pegg said the extrication was like an industrial rescue.

"My understanding is he was closer to the bottom," he said. "We respond to perform the rescue and extrication and that's what we did."

Autopsy to be performed on the body

 When police officers arrived at the scene, after he was pulled out of the garbage chute, they found the man with vital signs absent. 
When police officers arrived on the scene, after the man had been extricated from the garbage chute system, they found him without vital signs. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Toronto paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The cause of death is not known. The coroner's office has been called.

Stern said police do not know what happened before the man fell or how the man ended up in the garbage chute. 

The investigation is ongoing, said De Kloet.

An autopsy is expected to be performed.

The man is believed to be in his 30s, James Burgin, deputy commander of Toronto Paramedic Services, told CBC Toronto.

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