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Fatal fall snarls traffic near the White House

A stretch of I Street near the White House was shut down Thursday evening after a man plunged to his death from a downtown Washington building, officials said.

Police and fire officials responded to 16th and I streets NW, about two blocks from the White House about 6:15 p.m. and found a man who had plunged from a building, authorities said. Firefighters said the man was presumed dead at the scene, said Battalion Fire Chief Brian K. Lee, a fire department spokesman.

Authorities shut down all lanes of westbound I Street while police investigated. The street was reopened to traffic at about 7 p.m.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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