By Andrea Lucia

GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – A Grand Prairie man was accidentally electrocuted Friday while working on Christmas lights.

Jens Gardner, an electrician, was plugging in the lights on the building where he worked.

The owner of the business, Juan Dellepiane, says Gardner was moving a ladder from one place to another when it tilted backwards and fell into the power lines behind him.

Gardner was apparently still holding onto the ladder when it hit the power lines and was shocked by the current.

A witness said he heard a loud pop  and saw Gardner on the ground.

The witness said when he reached Gardner he was unconscious and smoke was rising off his body.

Dellepiane worries his employee’s instinct to save the ladder may have cost him his life.

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