Francis Rule, 96-Years-Old, Falls off Fire Escape to Death
|Francis Rule this morning fell from one of these fire escapes|
There is still an "active investigation" as to why the nonagenarian plunged off a fire escape at 4740 Balboa near La Playa in the far west of the city. The fall purportedly took place during this morning's foul wind and rain storm at around 3 a.m.
The San Francisco police are checking into their involvement in responding to and investigating Rule's death. The San Francisco Fire Department is doing the same.
Update, 4:50 p.m.: Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Lyn Tomioka says there "is no sign of criminal activity" in Rule's death. It is "a medical examiner case." Police responded to the scene at 3:17 a.m. It is currently which floor Rule fell from. The 96-year-old was described as "mentally sharp" in the police report; it is unknown why she was apparently on the fire escape in the wee hours.
Update, 5:05: The fire department was dispatched at 3:18 a.m. to 4740 Balboa. The call was subsequently turned over to the medical examiner.
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