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Lightning strikes man on window-washing scaffold

ATLANTA -- Officials with the Atlanta Fire Department said a man was struck by lightning while on a window-washing scaffold on a downtown hotel building Thursday afternoon.  

It happened at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, at the corner of John Portman Boulevard and Peachtree Center Avenue. 

Hotel general manager Erica Qualls says the man was working with AAA National Maintenance, a window-washing company. Qualls said the man had been washing windows earlier in the day, but at the time he was struck, he was securing ropes.

Qualls said Marriott has a policy that no roof work is to be done when there is lightning in the area, and says she does not know why he was still up there.

The man has been transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. The man's condition is unknown, at this time.