Edvin Cinto killed by lightning while working on the roof
A Florida roofer was killed by lightning in front of his colleagues while working – and was found with one of his socks melted down to his foot.
Edvin Cinto, 24, was working on the roof of a home on Sterling Point Drive in Deltona on Monday when he was struck by the bolt, WKMG reported.
Witnesses called 911 after the harrowing incident.
“Someone fell off the roof and I think they are unconscious,” one caller said, according to the outlet.
“They say he was struck by lightning.”
Another said: “They say he’s not breathing but he has a pulse I guess.”
Cinto smelled like his hair was burning and a sock melted off his foot when first responders arrived, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 35.
One of the other workers told the outlet that Cinto was already dead when they rushed to the hospital to see him.
“He was a good guy, dedicated to his work and just a good boy,” Cinto’s cousin Cesario Cinto told WKMG. “Everyone should stop working because it is dangerous to work when there is lightning.”
The victim’s colleague said it was not raining at the time of the fatal incident.
Cinto’s relatives said they were trying to raise money to send his body back to his native Guatemala for burial.
Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration attended the scene Tuesday afternoon as part of the investigation.
“Terrible things happen to good people, so don’t take any chances with your life or your family,” said Volusia County Emergency Services Manager Jim Judge.
“You never know where it’s going to strike,” he told Fox 35, adding that lightning can strike up to 15 miles before a storm, so it doesn’t have to be raining at that time. there for lightning to strike.
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