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Helsinki woman dies after ice falls from roof

A woman died in Helsinki after she was hit by snow and ice falling from a roof in the Töölö district on Monday morning.

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Police are advising pedestrians to take extra care to avoid falling ice and snow after heavy snowfall over the weekend. The milder temperatures are causing snow to absorb moisture, making it heavier and more likely to drop down into the street.

This was the first such death in Helsinki since a similar incident in January 2011, when an elderly man was killed by ice falling from a roof in Hakaniemi.

The managing director of the maintenance company involved in last year's Hakaniemi incident was fined. The accident later led to a renewed vigilance from housing companies and building boards.

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