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UPDATE: 40-metre tall, 76-tonne fire damaged crane in Kelowna is down

The reddish-coloured crane damaged in a massive fire last week was safely taken down and loaded on a trailer this afternoon.
April 13, 2021 - 5:17 PM

The fire damaged 40-metre tall, 76-tonne crane that interfered with traffic on Kelowna's Glenmore and Union Roads is down and traffic can soon flow again.

A team of experts worked to lower the crane next to Glenmore and Union Roads in Kelowna today, April 13. Those roads have been closed for the past week after a fire destroyed a 54-unit apartment complex that was under construction near that intersection, forcing the evacuation of nine homes and 16 people.

The crane was compressed down and loaded on a trailer for transport to the scrap metal pile mid-afternoon and crews were taking down barricades blocking traffic shortly before 4:30 p.m. There had been some concern that it may have taken into the evening to get the work done but it went smoothly.

READ MORE: Evacuations ordered while crane in Kelowna fire remains a risk

Traffic barricades were taken down just as rush hour was building this afternoon.
Traffic barricades were taken down just as rush hour was building this afternoon.

Lance Kayfish, the City's risk manager, told iNFOnews.ca the operator box in the crane was heavily damaged by the fire so efforts were made to power it up remotely in order to collapse the structure.

Once the site is deemed safe, investigators will try to determine the cause of the fire.

Crews are on site trying to bring down a 40-metre tall crane damaged in a fire at an under construction condo complex in Kelowna last week.
Crews are on site trying to bring down a 40-metre tall crane damaged in a fire at an under construction condo complex in Kelowna last week.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/City of Kelowna

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