2 kids electrocuted after North Texas storm

Two boys were electrocuted Wednesday night when they came into contact with power lines downed by powerful storms in Fort Worth, fire officials said.

Fire crews found the 11 and 12-year-old boys in a wooded area of Oakland Lake Park around 6:00 pm last night.

"It's to my understanding that their was a third child possibly with them that was able to run for help", Falkner said.

When fire fighters found the boys the power lines that killed them were still live, and had also set a nearby patch of grass on fire.

The children were pronounced dead at the scene about 8:15 p.m., Medstar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said.

The names of the two victims and their relationship have not yet been released. Oncor is now working with authorities to determine the cause.

"This is never something we want to have to respond to".

In a prepared statement, Oncor called the deaths a "tragic accident" and said it was working to determine the cause. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to the family.

"The safety of our customers and employees is the foundation for everything we do", the power company said.

It's unclear if the downed power lines had been reported on before the electrocution happened.

Strong winds moved through Fort Worth as part of severe weather early Wednesday morning and knocked out power to thousands of customers. Other wind damage from the storms that rocked North Texas overnight could be seen in the area including felled limbs.

The power outages in the Dallas-Fort Worth area forced the closure of schools or caused delays.

  • Larry Hoffman