Burbank police and fire units responded to a 911 call Tuesday afternoon after receiving a report of a man who was electrocuted by downed power lines.
Nedal Doleh, 21, was found unresponsive shortly after 2 p.m. in the backyard of a home at 8611 S. Meade Ave. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after arriving.
Local media reports said Doleh stopped by his family’s home to help clean up after Monday night’s fierce thunderstorms which caused widespread damage and downed power lines across the area.
ComEd crews were busy repairing electric lines throughout Burbank Tuesday. Many homes and businesses were without power most of the day.
Doleh’s father, Youssef Doleh told ABC-7 Eyewitness News the family assumed that electricity had been cut to the area because the sparking had stopped and ComEd crews were working on the block. A comment left by the victim's sister on the Burbank Beat Facebook page stated ComEd told Doleh it was okay to go into the backyard and turn on the generator.
Family members believe Nedal Doleh was electrocuted when he made contact with a hot wire near a backyard shed.
ComEd released a statement saying, “Last night brought severe storms that impacted most of ComEd’s service territory. The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority, particularly in instances of extreme weather. We are very sorry to learn about this young man’s passing and we are working with local authorities to understand the circumstances around this unfortunate incident.”
Burbank police say the ongoing investigation is pending.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
Burbank Police Chief Richard Shore issued the following statement this evening regarding the death of a man in the 8600 block of S. Meade earlier today:
"On July 1, 2014 at approximately 2:07 p.m., the Burbank Police were dispatched to a residence in the 8600 block of S. Meade Ave. for a male subject who was reported to be electrocuted by down power lines. The twenty one year old male subject, who was visiting his family, was found unresponsive in the backyard. The twenty one year old male subject was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Com Ed employees were working in the vicinity to repair lines caused by the storm. The investigation is still pending at this time."
We will continue to follow this story and update it as more details become available.