Electrified Chain Link Fence Injures Firefighter in Barrio Logan

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A San Diego firefighters battle the blaze in Barrio Logan. Photo courtesy San Diego Fire and Rescue Facebook.

A firefighter was recovering Friday from injuries he suffered when he came into contact with an electrified fence while battling a late-night blaze in Barrio Logan.

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The fire erupted for unknown reasons about 10 p.m. Thursday at an abandoned building on National Avenue, near 27th Street, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. Nobody was inside the structure at the time, she said.

While working at the site of the blaze, an SDFRD crew member touched a chain-link fence at the back of the property that had become electrified due to its close proximity to a power box, Munoz said.

Medics took the victim, whose name was not released, to a hospital for treatment of electric shock-related injuries of undisclosed severity. He was released from medical care Friday morning, the spokeswoman said.

Investigators were unable to determine what sparked the fire, which caused an estimated $75,000 worth of damage to the structure and destroyed about $5,000 worth of contents.

—City News Service

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