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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A field fire in Bullitt County early Friday morning resulted in a grisly discovery: the body of a man who had been electrocuted.
According to a news release from the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, representatives of the Nichols Fire Department were dispatched to a field fire on Nichols Hill Road, off Ky. Hwy. 44 West, near Knob Creek, shortly after 5 a.m.
When they arrived, they noticed that electrical wires were down and immediately contacted Salt River Electric to ensure that it was safe for firefighters to extinguish the flames.
While firefighters were working, they found the body of a man who had been electrocuted, according to the news release.
"Items at the scene show that the male was in the processor, stealing copper and other items from the high-power lines that carry 33,000 volts," the release states. "At some point in time, the male cut into a ground line and was electrocuted, causing his death and a subsequent field fire."
The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division has determined that the deceased suspect was likely acting alone.
The body was removed from the scene by the Bullitt County Coroner and will be taken to the medical examiner's office in Louisville so an autopsy can be performed.
Due to the condition of the body, investigators have not yet been able to identify the suspect.
If anyone saw vehicles or persons in the area of the fire between midnight and 5 a.m., they are asked to contact the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office at (502) 543-2514.