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Downed power line severely shocks Whittier man outside his house [Updated]

November 13, 2011 | 12:13 pm

A Whittier man was critically injured when he was shocked by a downed power line outside his home.

[Updated at 10:24 p.m.: The man, identified as Joel Ramirez, has died, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.]

Police who responded to the 24-year-old man's home in the 8100 block of Friends Avenue on Saturday found him the ground.

A power line had fallen, possibly because of the weather, and had ignited a fire in the house, said Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis. 

The victim was apparently shocked while trying to put out the fire. He was hospitalized in critical condition. Officials could not give an update on his condition Sunday.

A family member who tried to help the injured man also was shocked, but was not critically hurt, Ellis said. He could not say whether the family member was hospitalized. 

The cause of the downed line is being investigated, said David Song, a spokesman for Southern California Edison. The loss of the line left 19 households without power until early Sunday morning, he said.

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