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Man who died trying to remove antenna identified – Boston News, Weather, Sports


TAUNTON, MASS. (WHDH) – A man who died while attempting to remove an antenna from a Taunton home has been publicly identified.

The man’s name is Michael Messina, 58, of North Easton.

As 7NEWS previously reported, he was electrocuted and a fire then ignited, spreading to the exterior of the building.

“I just saw sparks and then I saw a guy on fire,” a neighbor said of the scene on Danforth Street.

Sources tell 7NEWS the man was the landlord of the building, and was fixing the antenna from a third floor balcony shortly before 8 a.m. when it touched a nearby power line. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Flames from the electrocution spread, catching part of the house on fire.

Several agencies responded to the scene, which was sealed off as of Thursday afternoon.

According to Messina’s obituary, he was a married father of two daughters.

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