Man Killed in Smokestack Fall

Alcohol was a factor, police believe

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    A man was drinking with friends shortly before falling off the rooftop of a D.C. apartment building, sources tell News4's Darcy Spencer.

    D.C. police are trying to figure out how a man fell 100 feet to his death Saturday morning, down a smokestack of a high-rise apartment building.

    Police responded at 3:45 a.m. to the Connecticut House Apartments at 4500 Connecticut Ave. N.W. at the intersection of Albemarle Street.

    Thomas Phillips IV, 22, of Alexandria, Va., was drinking with friends when he suddenly climbed up on a smokestack, according to witnesses.  He then lost his footing and fell about 10 floors. Crews found him at the bottom of the shaft in the lower level. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    Police say there are no signs of foul play.

    Police said Phillips was not a resident of the building where the accident happened.