Sacramento emergency crews swarm office tower; Man found dead hanging off Sacramento high-rise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A fire official says a man appears to have accidentally died from asphyxiation when he lowered himself off an 18-story Sacramento, Calif., office building with a rope.

Marc Bentovoja, a battalion chief with the Sacramento Fire Department, said Monday it's a mystery why the man harnessed himself and went down the east side of the high-rise. He said the man did not appear to work for the office building.

Police and fire crews responded after receiving a call at 7:44 a.m. Rescue personnel recovered the body after 9 a.m.

It's unclear how long the body had been hanging four floors from the top of the building.

The office building, named the 1201 K Tower, houses offices for lobbyists, public relations businesses and law firms that do business at the Capitol.

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