Chicago man dies after falling down Mag Mile hotel smokestack

Chicago police are trying to figure out how a man got on top of a Magnificent Mile hotel roof and fell down a smokestack to his death.

The man is identified as Nicholas Wieme, 23, of the 4800 block of North Albany.

Authorities say Wieme was trying to take a photo from the top of the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue early Thursday Morning.

He climbed up on the smokestack, above the roof to take the picture when he fell down 22-feet.

He then got stuck where the shaft bends.

Firefighters dug a hole from inside the hotel and managed to rescue him.

“What we found was the best way to get him out, was to go two floors below, and we had to cut the duct work from the chimney which was made out of steel.  We eventually slid the victim down the hole,” said Chicago Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Mike Fox.

The victim could have fallen an another 42 floors, if he didn’t stop where he did.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in extremely critical condition, where he later died.

Hotel officials say the roof is off limits to hotel guests.

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