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Man seriously injured by shock near 79th, Troost

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One person was taken to the hospital after possibly being electrocuted while at an industrial building Friday evening.

Firefighters weren't sure what they would find when they responded to reports of serious electrical problems inside a large building near 79th and Troost Avenue.

The good news is the man who was shocked is expected to survive, but his injuries are severe and the electrical damage to this building is extensive.

Firefighters brought the man out of the building with serious electrical burns.  Paramedics were optimistic he would survive.

"He was talking to the medics. If they talk to you, it's a good sign," Battalion Chief Mike Cashen said.

The situation they were faced with after that was a dangerous one.

Only a few things caught fire besides the insulation in the lines themselves, but those lines were sending out some sinister sparks.

"It's big electrical coming to the building, so that was arcing, cross phasing or whatever they call it, but it was arcing really bad. That was burning. So we had to wait for power and light to get here to kill power to the building back here at the transformer where it was going in to the ground," Cashen said.

Cashen did not know what business was housed in the center section of the building, which was split into three separate spaces. Nor did he know the man's connection to the business, except that he had keys, so he was not an intruder.

The south portion of the building, however, was a practice space for the Kansas City Roller Warriors, a roller derby league.

They will be shut down there for some time, because the electrical system is now in need of extensive work.

"The main panel coming in to the building has some serious issues - whether it was caused by this or this is the effect that happened, they have to get that corrected before power will be turned back on," Cashen said.

They were supposed to have a junior bout Saturday for children ages 10-17, and that event has been canceled, possibly to be rescheduled for another date.

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