- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Three children were shocked by electricity Friday in a city-owned swimming pool in Philadelphia, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the O’Connor Pool in the city’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood around 1:15 p.m. for a report that swimmers had been shocked by an electrical current running through the pool, Philadelphia Fire Executive Chief Peter Crespo said.

Crespo said the children were conscious at the scene. Susan Slawson, a city recreation commissioner, said they were in stable condition.

Firefighters cut power to the pool, which was closed indefinitely. A city fire marshal and representatives from the electric utility Peco and the city’s Parks & Recreation and Licenses & Inspections departments were on the scene to try to determine the cause.

Crespo raised the possibility of an equipment malfunction.

“There is obviously electricity in and around the pool that relates to circulating pumps, filters and lighting,” he said.

Slawson said a lifeguard noticed that a boy “appeared to be in distress” as he held a metal railing while climbing steps in the shallow end, and a girl who held onto the boy’s leg also appeared to be hurt. The lifeguard tried to get the boy out of the pool, but detected an electrical current and asked that the power be shut off.

Slawson said CPR was performed on one of the children.

A third child also reported feeling an electrical current and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

A total of 12 children were in the pool at the time, Slawson said.

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