Texas Man Dies from Electrocution While Hanging Christmas Lights

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Stock Image of lights. (Credit:  ORLANDO KISSNER/AFP/Getty Images)

Stock Image of lights. (Credit: ORLANDO KISSNER/AFP/Getty Images)

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — A North Texas worker hanging Christmas lights on a historic building has died after being electrocuted.

Grand Prairie police say the man was moving a 40-foot-tall aluminum ladder when it fell onto power lines Friday morning. He had been standing on the ground but was still holding onto the ladder.

Police say 51-year-old Jens “Renee” Gardner died at a hospital, where he was taken after emergency personnel started CPR at the scene.

Grand Prairie is about 15 miles west of Dallas.

A website for the Historic Anderson Building shows photos from previous holidays. Red and clear lights outlined the windows of the two-story structure built in 1915, and a Christmas tree with sparkling lights was atop the canopy at the entrance.

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