LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man and a woman have died after apparently being electrocuted by downed power lines in Panorama City early Monday.
Firefighters were called to the 14700 block of Tupper Street, near Cedros Avenue, at about 2:45 p.m. where a man and a woman were found dead at the scene.READ MORE: LA County To Expand Access To Coronavirus Vaccine To More Essential Workers Starting Monday
The man was identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as 53-year-old Ferdinand Tejada.
He is reportedly the father of the woman, identified as 20-year-old Janine Reyn Tejada.
Ferdinand Tejada was electrocuted when he tried to move a downed electrical wire, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
His daughter was also electrocuted when came into contact with water in an attempt to save him.READ MORE: Meet The Giltinis: LA's New Rugby Team to Open Play At Coliseum March 20
“She came in contact with the water and the water served as a conductor. Our firefighters waited for the Department of Fire and water to come cut power because he was beyond medical assistance as was his daughter,” said David Ortiz with the LAFD.
As DWP crews repaired the power lines around the Tejada’s home, the community is now feeling the loss of their neighbors.
“I’m shocked,” said neighbor John Sison. “I’m just finding out this morning. It’s really sad hearing about the father and the daughter.”
“We want to remind people that touching downed wires is very dangerous,” Ortiz said. “Do not try to reach out or try to touch downed wires. It is impossible to tell whether a wire is energized by looking at it.”
Fire officials said it had been raining at the time of the incident, but at this time, the weather has not been linked to the deaths.MORE NEWS: High Winds Expected To Continue Through Sunday For Parts Of SoCal
If you see downed power lines, officials say call 911.