The bodies of two men who were electrocuted during what fire department officials say was an attempt at stealing copper wiring were discovered in late December at a Detroit electrical power substation.
According to an online article by the Detroit News, Detroit Public Lighting Department workers, responding to a reported power outage on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, discovered two badly charred bodies at a substation on the city’s northeast side.
The “charred bodies” were found “fused together” according to a Detroit TV station’s report. Fire department officials have theorized that in an attempt to steal copper wiring, one of the men came in contact with a 24,000-volt conductor. The other man either attempted to help him or was near enough to also conduct voltage, according to the fire department.
A power department employee quoted by the Detroit News says the substation consists of such conductor and transmission cables and wires that are directly connected to a power generating plant.
Detroit’s police department has assumed control of the investigation, according to the Detroit News.