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Crews remove crane that fell on 2 Lauderhill homes

2 people suffer minor injuries in Wednesday collapse

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Crews worked through the night to remove a large crane that fell on top of two homes this week in Lauderhill, authorities said Friday.

Lauderhill Fire Recue Capt. Jerry Gonzalez tweeted photos Friday morning showing the damage inside the homes. 

Authorities said the crane fell about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 4300 block of Northwest 11th Street as crews with Florida Power & Light were installing power poles.

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Many residents were without power for most of the night after the collapse, and the water was also shut off.

As of Thursday, authorities said water had been restored to all but 11 homes in the area.

Authorities said two people suffered minor injuries in the collapse. Paramedics said they treated the crane operator at the scene, while a man inside one of the homes was taken to an area hospital. 

All residents in the area are still under a precautionary boil water advisory until further notice.  

A building official on Friday declared both homes that were struck by the crane to be unsafe structures.

"Sims Crane & Equipment is committed to and a leader in safety in the crane industry," Dean Sims II, who is vice president of marketing at Sims Crane, said in a statement. "This was a rare incident and we are working with local authorities to determine its cause. At this time, our focus is on conducting a safe and careful clean-up of the site and each lift of the clean-up effort is being planned and approved by a professional engineer." 


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