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Florida roofer killed by lightning strike in front of co-workers, found with sock melted to foot

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Leroy N. Soetoro

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Jun 18, 2023, 7:56:56 PM6/18/23
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A Florida roofer was killed by a lightning strike in front of his co-
workers while on a job — and was found with one of his socks melted to his
foot.

Edvin Cinto, 24, was working on a roof on 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 has fallen from the roof and I think he’s unconscious,” one
caller said, according to the outlet.

“They’re saying he was struck by lightning.”

Another said: “They’re saying he’s not breathing, but he has a pulse, I
guess.”

Cinto smelled like burned hair and one sock was melted to 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 had already died when
they rushed to the hospital to see him.

“He was a fine guy, dedicated to his job and just a good boy,” Cinto’s
cousin Cesario Cinto told WKMG. “Everyone should stop working because it’s
dangerous to work when it’s lightning.”

The victim’s co-worker said it wasn’t raining at the time of the fatal
incident.

Cinto’s relatives said they’re trying to raise money to send his body back
to his native Guatemala for burial.

Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration went to
the scene Tuesday afternoon as part of the investigation.

“Terrible things do happen to good people, so don’t take any chances with
your life or your family,” said Volusia County Emergency Services Director
Jim Judge.

“You just never know where it’s going to strike,” he told Fox 35, adding
that lightning can strike up to 15 miles ahead of a storm, so it doesn’t
have to be raining at the time for a bolt to strike.


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