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Woman dies after falling from Wellington building

Photo / File photo
Photo / File photo

A woman who fell two storeys from a central Wellington building has died in hospital this morning.

The 25-year-old was taken to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition after she fell from a fire escape outside an apartment on Bute St in Te Aro about 6.30am on Friday.

Inspector Terry van Dillen said the woman died in hospital early this morning.

She had earlier undergone surgery for her injuries.

The woman had tried unsuccessfully to get into the building through the entrance, so she climbed two storeys up the fire escape.

She then slipped and fell as she tried to climb around a pipe.

Mr van Dillen said the police investigation was complete and the death would be referred to the coroner.

"We're very comfortable that there's no third party involvement, we're very comfortable there hasn't been a suicide and we're very comfortable that it's just a tragic accident."

Mr van Dillen earlier warned people to stick behind barriers for their own safety when climbing stairs or fire escapes.

- APNZ

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