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Crane fire at Sydney construction site.

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A construction crane caught fire Tuesday in Sydney, Australia, spitting flames 10m into the air before partially collapsing.

No one was injured in the Tuesday morning incident, crane operator Lend Lease said.

The worker steering the crane escaped down a ladder as it burned overhead, The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported, citing acting Fire Superintendent Josh Turner.

The company is the same one that was managing a New York construction site where a crane partially collapsed during Superstorm Sandy in October.


The collapse Tuesday at the University of Technology Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology construction project happened two weeks after union officials shut the site down over concerns about diesel fuel leaking from the crane, the Morning Herald reported, citing union official Brian Parker.

It was not immediately clear if that reported leak had anything to do with Tuesday's collapse, but firefighters believed diesel fuel was involved in the fire, Turner said.

Lend Lease said the site is regularly audited for safety. The crane was 65m tall, the Morning Herald reported, citing fire and rescue authorities.

The fire and collapse drew hundreds of gawkers onto the streets to record the incident with mobile phone cameras. The company said it was working with authorities and unions to investigate the incident.

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Publication:Construction Week
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Nov 28, 2012
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