A male climber who ignored warning signs and spikes on a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. transmission tower near downtown Santa Rosa Tuesday suffered burns from high‑voltage shocks, and fell about 80 feet, causing a grass fire and brief power outage.
The tower is along the Prince Memorial Greenway path near Sixth Street. The man, who Santa Rosa police Wednesday were attempting to identify, had gone up about 80 feet of the 100‑foot‑tower and was on a cross arm when he came in contact a 115‑kilovolt line.
About 1:45 p.m., a loud noise like a huge power surge stopped electrician Bryan Hanson who was working at the nearby 6th Street Playhouse. Hanson and others ran outside to see what had happened and looked up at the tower, seeing smoke.
Then they realized there was a person.
I wonder why they had to point out in both the headline and first sentence that it was a male climber? Was it because he was the last person in Santa Rosa to identify as a male?