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Crane operator trapped by raging fire rescued by military chopper in Kingston

A search and rescue helicopter lowers a worker to rescue a crane operator during a fire in downtown Kingston, Ont., Tuesday, Dec.17, 2013.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
December 17, 2013 - 4:27 PM

KINGSTON, Ont. - Police in Kingston, Ont., say a worker who was trapped on a construction crane above a massive fire for more than an hour suffered only minor injuries.

The crane operator was stranded atop the crane when fire broke out at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in an apartment building that is under construction.

A Griffon helicopter from CFB Trenton plucked the worker from the crane at 3:35 p.m. and took him to a waiting ambulance.

Police say all the other construction workers at the site are believed to be accounted for.

Officers are going door-to-door in the neighbourhood advising residents to evacuate as there is concern the fire could spread to nearby buildings, including a hotel and a gas station.

Police say a home near the burning building has caught fire.

City buses have been pressed into service to shuttle residents who live within a few blocks of the blaze to an evacuation centre.

Police said they'll be advising residents when they can re-enter the evacuation zone for pets or other items.

A public school a few blocks away was also evacuated.

Utilities have been shut down in the area to make it safe for those battling the fire.


Crane operator saved from fire in Kingston, Ont. - CBC

Chopper rescues crane operator trapped in massive Kingston, Ont. blaze - CTV: video

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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