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Man treated for electrical burns

September 30, 2002

A 47-year-old Baltimore man was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Friday morning for injuries he received when he apparently touched electrical equipment on the roof of a hangar at the former Fairchild Aircraft plant, said Philip Ridenour, fire chief at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The victim's name and condition were not available Friday night. He suffered third-degree burns on his hands and neck and second-degree burns on his face and chest, Ridenour said. He was conscious when emergency crews arrived on the scene and when he arrived at the Baltimore hospital, Ridenour said.

He was placed in the burn unit, Ridenour said.

He was working inside an electrical substation when the accident occurred, Ridenour said. Airport workers on a nearby roof said they saw smoke coming from the substation.

Rescuers at the scene said the victim may have been hit with a 15,000-volt electrical surge.

The man was employed by a Baltimore company hired to work on the roof.

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Weather conditions Friday morning grounded state police helicopters. The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

An Allegheny Power crew was called to the scene to restore power, a utility company spokeswoman said.

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