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A Canadian Forces search and rescue helicopter plucks to safety a crane operator trapped by the fire. Photo: @ChisinKingston via Twitter, used with permission
A Canadian Forces search and rescue helicopter plucks to safety a crane operator trapped by the fire. Photo: @ChisinKingston via Twitter, used with permission

Damaged crane poses collapse hazard in Kingston

KINGSTON, Ont. Authorities in Kingston say a charred crane towering above the remains of a building that burned in a massive fire on Tuesday remains a major concern.

Kingston fire chief Rheaume Chaput says the crane was damaged by heat from the blaze, and officials have cordoned-off a "collapse zone" in case it crashes down.

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Crews hope to dismantle the crane in a “controlled environment” before it gives way or is brought down by heavy winds.

A 68-year-old construction worker stranded atop a crane until he was rescued by a military helicopter continues to recover in hospital.

(The Canadian Press) (Ashley-Smith)

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