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Cleanup efforts ongoing after crane falls on home in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to a home Friday after a crane fell on its roof and damaged power lines.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to a home Friday after a crane fell on its roof and damaged power lines.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to a home Friday after a crane fell on its roof and damaged power lines.

According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan, the crane was moving a shed into a backyard when something failed and caused the crane to collapse at 1920 NE 57th St.

Gollan said the family who lives at the home was on vacation, but authorities were able to rescue the dogs and cats that were still inside.

“In most of the living area -- the kitchen, living room and dining room -- the roof just completely collapsed into the living space. You know, we’re so very fortunate that nobody was inside this residence when it took place,” Gollan said.

Authorities told Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol that one person sustained a minor scrape to their arm during the ordeal.

Crews worked on the house until around 2 a.m. Saturday before returning shortly after sunrise to continue the cleanup efforts.

The official cause of the crane collapse is under investigation.


About the Authors:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.