Crane Accidents

Fire Breaks Out in Tower Crane, Two Men Injured

09/12/08

Canada 

Two men were treated for smoke inhalation Thursday after a fire broke out in a tower crane outside a high-rise condominium under construction.

Fire Breaks Out in Tower Crane, Two Men Injured

The electrical fire broke out around 9 a.m. in a crane at a construction site at 1560 Homer Mews, the address of the new Erickson building.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services extinguished the fire, which erupted in the engine compartment at the top of the crane, about 20 storeys up, according to Capt. Gabe Roder, fire and rescue services spokesman.

Monica Normandeau, a False Creek resident who caught the fire on camera, said she saw two workers on a lower arm of the crane, one of whom was on his hands and knees and appeared to be coughing.

B.C. Ambulance Service treated the two men for smoke inhalation and they were released, Roder said.

The Erickson building, designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson, is being developed by Concord Pacific.

WorkSafe BC spokeswoman Donna Freeman said since there were no injuries in the incident, only the employer is investigating the blaze.

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