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Johannesburg - Three men were critically injured while trying to steal electrical cables at an Eskom sub-station in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, on Friday, paramedics said.
"When they tried to cut through the live cable it caused a large flash that burned the men," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.
The men sustained more than 90% burns.
Botha said seven men apparently tried to steal cables at the sub-station in St Anthony's Street in Reiger Park around 01:00.
When paramedics arrived at the scene, four men ran away.
Their three accomplices were taken to Natalspruit hospital in critical conditions.