UPDATE: Kansas man electrocuted while working on building

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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LAWRENCE, Kan A 54-year-old Lawrence man was electrocuted while working on a historic building in Lawrence.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the man, who has not been identified, was repairing guttering at the historic Turnhalle building Friday morning when a co-worker found him on the ground. Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spokeswoman Kim Murphree says police aren't releasing any other information.

Gina Penzig, spokeswoman for Westar Energy in Topeka, says the victim came in contact with an overhead power line and was electrocuted. She said it's unclear how he came into contact with the line.

The Turnhalle building is one of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance's projects. Construction on the building was nearing completion at the time of the man's death.

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