Monday, August 1, 2011

One Electrocuted on Rightor Street; One Injured

Alley Behind Workforce Services
Just off Rightor Street
HELENA-WEST HELENA---We have confirmed that one young man, Mr. Cedric Holbrook was electrocuted this morning while attempting to work on a roof on Rightor Street. Another young man, Travis Gum was severely injured and was transported to the Helena Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The men were part of a roofing crew attempting to make repairs on the building which houses several loft apartments, the State Revenue Office and the State Division of Workforce Services. The men lifted the 40 to 50 foot aluminum ladder to be placed against the west wall at the rear of the building. The building, located on the corner of Cherry and Rightor Streets, has two faces. The Revenue Office faces Cherry Street. The Division of Workforce Services faces Rightor Street. In the alley behind this building, there runs a series of power lines. It appears that the aluminum ladder touched the upper level wires which reportedly are not covered with insulation. The men were reportedly working for Randy Davenport Roofing, a local commercial roofing and metal company.
View of Scene from
Brown's Home for Funerals

Witnesses described the scene as "devastating," "horrible" and "sad." Pafford Ambulance Service, Helena West Helena Fire and Helena West Helena Police all responded to the scene. The police department's CID division has been dispatched to the scene for further investigation.

Phillips County Coroner, Mr. Earnest Larry confirmed that Mr. Cedric Holbrook passed away and they "got a pulse" on Travis Gum.

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