Five workers rescued from water tower

August 25, 2011 1:59:57 PM PDT
Authorities say five workers were rescued after a report of electrical shock at a water tower in west Houston.

The call came from a location near S. Dairy Ashford and Alief Clodine at about 11:10am. The Houston Fire Department says several contract workers were pulling equipment up a 250-foot water tower when a wind gust caused their wire to come in contact with a live electrical wire.

As a result, HFD says the water tower became energized. One individual was within a safe distance from the ground and jumped from the tower.

The fire department says four contract workers remained on top of the tower until the power company de-energized the tower. HFD assisted them down from the tower. All five workers were in stable condition and transported for observation to local hospitals.