Man electrocuted while stealing copper

(Source: WAVE 3 News Archives)
(Source: WAVE 3 News Archives)

BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Fire crews found an electrocuted man when they responded to a large field fire early Friday morning.

According to Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, Nichols Fire Department was dispatched to a fire on Nichols Hill Road off KY Hwy 44 near Knob Creek.

The fire department found wires down and contacted the electric company to make sure the scene was safe to extinguish the fire. While working on putting the fire out, crews discovered a male who had died from electrocution.

Preliminary investigations show the man was in the processor stealing copper and other items from the high power lines that carry 33,000 volts. Officials believe that he cut into a ground line and was electrocuted. This caused his death as well as the fire.

The man has not been identified.

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