April 24, 2014

Elyria
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Man badly burned after being shocked on roof

ELYRIA — A man working on a West Avenue roof Monday afternoon received burns over about 60 percent of his body after a piece of metallic roofing material he was holding came in contact with a 7,200-volt power line.

Firefighters help a man down after he was burned by a power line while working on a roof Monday. (Photo by Terry Costigan, TMCNEWS.NET.)

Firefighters help a man down after he was burned by a power line while working on a roof Monday. (Photo by Terry Costigan, TMCNEWS.NET.)

The accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m., according to a statement from the Elyria Fire Department.

“It appeared people were doing roofing work at a residence and the man came in contact with a high tension line as he was holding a piece of flashing,” the fire department said.

The man’s name, condition and whereabouts were not available Monday.

“In instances such as this, someone may have come to the ER to be stabilized first, but typically with this type of situation they often are taken elsewhere, such as a trauma center,” said Kristen Davis, a spokeswoman for EMH Elyria Medical Center.

The region’s trauma center is MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The man was part of a small crew working on the roof at 219½ West Ave. to replace the structure’s roof when he was hit with current from the 7,200-volt power line, according to reports. It was not immediately known whether any of the men worked for a roofing company, or whether the man who was burned lived there.

The injured man was brought down by firefighters using a tower truck.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.