ED WHITE
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy says it warned Detroit’s lighting agency that two power lines were down near a home — weeks before a 12-year-old girl was electrocuted in September.

The disclosure was made Friday in a report to state regulators, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

Kabrinanna Griffin was playing in a friend’s yard on Sept. 7 when she was electrocuted. An inactive line that belonged to the city was energized by a live DTE wire.

DTE says an employee noticed two downed city lines weeks earlier on July 27. An employee taped the area off and went door-to-door to warn residents.

DTE says the Detroit Public Lighting Authority was informed but apparently wrongly believed that DTE had fixed the problem.

Mayor Mike Duggan calls the girl’s death a “terrible tragedy.”

 

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