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3 electrocuted in backyard of San Bernardino home

January 14, 2011 |  9:29 am

Electrical A man, woman and their grown son died Friday morning when they were electrocuted by power lines that had fallen in the backyard of their San Bernardino home, authorities said.

The father, mother and their 21-year old son were inspecting small fires in their backyard when the electrocution occurred, said San Bernardino city Fire Department Capt. Mike Bilheimer.

Two other family members, a 17-year old daughter and 10-year old son, were inside the home and were not injured, he said.

Investigators believe the fallen lines caused the fires, and that the family members made contact with the lines, Bilheimer said.

“Their injuries are electrical injuries,” Bilheimer said.

The family members names' had not yet been released, but Bilheimer said both parents were in their 40s.

The fire department received a report of electrocution at the home in the 5400 block of Acacia Avenue in north San Bernardino at about 5:46 a.m., he said. He described the home as a modest, single-level structure with a small backyard.

He said the power lines were about 10 feet from the rear of the home, and that the three victims appeared to have exited from a sliding glass door in the master bedroom. Firefighters found the family members lying in the grass, still in their bedclothes, Bilheimer said.

He said the two other children are in the care of other family members at this time.

High winds were reported in San Bernardino Thursday night and several power lines fell, Bilheimer said. Power was out in the neighborhood Thursday night.

Southern California Edison was on the scene and working to restore power. Investigators from the San Bernardino County Coroner's office were also at the house.


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Photo: Residents gather outside a home in San Bernardino, where three people were found dead in their backyard by electrocution. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times