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Five electrocuted decorating Guatemalan Christmas Tree

  • Four men and one woman died in the tragedy in El Carmen Frontera on Tuesday
  • The victims were decorating a large metal-framed Christmas tree in the town
  • One of the victims touched an overhead powerline electrocuting the five people
  • The town, El Carmen Frontera is on Guatemala's western border with Mexico  

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 18:02 EST, 6 December 2017 | Updated: 20:22 EST, 6 December 2017

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Five people have died after they were electrocuted while decorating a large metal-framed Christmas tree in Guatemala. 

The four men and one woman were hanging ornaments on the large tree when it made contact with an overhead power line in the hamlet of El Carmen Frontera, near the border with Mexico.

Volunteer firefighters in the town confirmed the deaths of the four men and one women, who were all aged between 17 and 24. 

Five people were killed while decorating this Christmas tree in El Carmen Frontera
Five people were killed while decorating this Christmas tree in El Carmen Frontera

Five people were killed while decorating this Christmas tree in El Carmen Frontera

Witnesses believe the tree touched an overhead powerline electrocuting the victims
Witnesses believe the tree touched an overhead powerline electrocuting the victims

Witnesses believe the tree touched an overhead powerline electrocuting the victims

The five victims were aged between 17 and 24 according to officials in the town
The five victims were aged between 17 and 24 according to officials in the town

The five victims were aged between 17 and 24 according to officials in the town

Spokesman Mario Cruz said one of the victims accidentally touched an overhead power line which caused electricity to surge through the metal-framed tree killing the five victims.

It is understood an investigation has been launched into the accident. 

None of the victims have yet been formally named by officials.  

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