Crane Catches Fire Before Collapse at NYC Construction Site (Videos)

A tall construction crane caught fire in Manhattan on Wednesday morning, and its arm hit a building as it crashed to the street below.

Photos and videos posted on social media show flames bursting from the car of a crane hundreds of feet above 10th Avenue at 41st Street. The crane’s arm scraped the top floors of a skyscraper across the street as it fell.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the crane fire and collapse, which happened shortly before 8 a.m. Firefighters stationed on a roof deck of another building used hoses to battle the blaze. Surrounding streets were closed to traffic.

The crane appeared to be working on an under construction skyscraper. An alert from the New York City Fire Department’s twitter page described the fire as a “4-alarm box” fire, also describing the building as vacant or under construction. The fire department later confirmed it was responding to the fire, and included a video of the flames.

The location on Manhattan’s West Side is near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and an entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, which carries auto traffic to and from New Jersey under the Hudson River.

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  1. Walking in the City, or anywhere for that matter, I made sure to avoid areas with these things. They don’t fall that often, but when they do … I don’t want to be anywhere near it.

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