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All clear given for all but one evacuated building near deadly Kelowna crane collapse

FILE PHOTO - A worker looks on as a police officer investigates a collapsed crane resting on the building it damaged in Kelowna, B.C., Monday, July 12, 2021.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alistair Waters
July 20, 2021 - 10:34 AM

People can now return to all but one building in downtown Kelowna following last week's deadly crane collapse.

“The technical work of removing the remaining portions of the collapsed crane at the construction site in downtown Kelowna is now complete,” states a news release from Central Okanagan Emergency Operations. “Site engineer and utilities providers have also completed infrastructure and safety inspections.”

Electricity has been restored but gas will not be operational in a few of the buildings until later this week.

“Property owners are encouraged to inspect their buildings to ensure the safety of residents/customers upon re-entry,” the release states. “After a prolonged power outage, it will be important to inspect the food items in refrigerators and freezers for food safety.”

The tower crane working on the Brooklyn highrise collapsed as it was being dismantled on July 12, killing four construction workers and another man working in a nearby business.

READ MORE: More than $500K raised for families of men killed in Kelowna crane collapse

The evacuation order for 1450 Bertram Street will remain in place until the owner and insurance company can determine that it is safe, the release says.

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