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Man killed in tragic fridge freezer accident in Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green
A man was killed in a tragic accident when he fell while lowering a fridge freezer from a three storey balcony.
It happened at the Hurst Court block of flats in Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green, on Thursday morning.
Police say they are not treating the incident as suspicious.
Residents have claimed that a group of people were trying to lower a fridge from the balcony using a rope when the tragic accident happened.
It is thought that the unit fell to the ground first, followed by the man.
The man, thought to be aged in his 50s, suffered serious injuries and died later in hospital.
Flowers left at the scene include a card paying tribute to a man called "Clive".
It says: "You were a wonderful and generous man".
Neighbour Michael Woods, 31, said: "It seems like it was a bizarre accident. It's very tragic.
"I saw what they were trying to move - it was a big, old grey double fridge freezer. It was huge.
"I think there were three people trying to lower it using a piece of blue rope, but it wasn't that thick. At first people thought the rope might have snapped and fell on him but it seems he somehow went over with it.
"The street was like a scene from a movie - there were police and ambulance crews everywhere."
It is believed that the man did not live at the flat, but was helping the landlady clear the apartment of furniture after she recently sold it.
A two-bedroom top floor flat at the block was recently listed for sale on property website rightmove.co.uk with an asking price of £280,000.
A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 11.46am and sent an ambulance crew, a fast responder [car] and London Air Ambulance.
"Staff treated a man reported to be in his 50s for head and chest injuries.
"He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital".
Police closed Snakes Lane West for at least two hours following the incident.
A Met spokesman said: "Police were called by LAS [London Ambulance Service] to assist in a person fallen from a height incident at Hurst Court...
"A male aged in his 50s [was taken] to hospital where he later died.
"Next of kin have been informed".
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