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Nogales PD: Man dies after being electrocuted

Posted at 2:48 PM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-01 17:48:50-04

Nogales police are investigating the accidental death of a 54-year-old man after he was electrocuted to death, according to a news release. 

NPD says on Friday at 5:40 p.m. officers responded to the Bird Hill Mobile Home Park after receiving reports of a loud explosion sound and a power outage.

Citizens told police that a home caught fire after an electrical malfunction with a power line occurred.

Officers and firefighters arrived on scene and worked to extinguish two mobile homes that had caught on fire. 

Police say that a man was electrocuted after he was attempting to prop up a tall metal pole, possibly as a television antenna.

NPD's preliminary investigation shows that the metal pole touched a power line and caused a high powered electric discharge, striking and killing the man at the scene.

No other injuries or hazards were reported. 

Police say the immediate residential area and some businesses on Grand Avenue, Mariposa Road, Congress Drive, and I-19 were also out of power for two hours as first responders investigated and company repairmen worked to restore electricity. 

The victim's family was contacted out of state and informed of the incident. 

Police say the victim has been identified as 54-year-old Douglas Krohne with a prior residence in Montana. 

The victim's body has been referred to the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office for further investigation.