16-year-old boy electrocuted in Taylor trying to put out fire from downed power line

Posted at 9:13 AM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 14:45:47-04

ABC15's sister station in Detroit, 7 Action News, has learned that a 16-year-old boy was electrocuted in Taylor on Friday night.

We're told the teen was trying to put out a fire caused by a downed power line after storms rolled through the area in the evening.

He was pouring water on the fire, but there was a live wire underneath. The current traveled through the water and electrocuted him.

His older brother tried to pull him away but was unsuccessful. The brother was also shocked but uninjured.

We're told the family was trying to perform CPR, and was even on the phone with 911 getting instructions on how to exactly revive him.

DTE Energy released this statement:

DTE has learned that a young man was tragically electrocuted Friday night in Taylor by coming in contact with a down electrical line as a result of the storms moving through the area Friday evening. This is a tragic incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the young man. We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this event and we have no further details at this time.

The safety of our customers, the public and our employees is our top priority. When electrical equipment is damaged by storms, it can pose a serious hazard. DTE asks all residents to be mindful of their surroundings as crews continue to repair and restore down powerlines throughout the weekend, and practice the following safety procedures:

The company is reminding people of the following safety procedures.

  • Stay 20 feet away from any down line, as the line may still be active
  • Heed the warning of yellow caution tape, which indicates there is a downed power line in the area -- DO NOT CROSS YELLOW CAUTION TAPE and tape protecting areas with downed wires reads: “Danger Live Wire – Keep Away”
  • Be cautious of pets being outside in hard-hit areas
  • Customers can report down lines by using the DTE Energy app, or at