June 25—Seattle Firefighters quick actions saved three West Seattle homes from burning after a crane hit high power lines and burst into flames.
At 8:21 a.m. multiple 911 calls came into firefighter/dispatchers and the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames coming from a crane located in an alley in the 4700 block of SW Andover Street. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting 15 to 20 feet in the air. Firefighters evacuated the homes on all sides of the burning crane while crews worked to douse the fire from a safe position.
The crane operator was installing trusses into a residential structure when his boom hit the 26,000 volt residential power lines. The electricity traveled through the boom and ignited the crane’s tires and then the crane itself. The operator was blown off the rig. Medics evaluated the crane operator but he did not suffer any burns or any visible injuries.
Firefighters took extra precaution because of the danger of the live power lines surrounding the burning crane. City Light is working to reroute power from the damaged lines.
Seattle Fire crews will remain on the scene to provide fire protection as the cleanup process progresses.
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