Crane falls onto building in downtown Toronto, causing damage but no injuries, police say

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Emergency crews are investigating after a crane fell onto a building near Yonge Street and The Esplanade. (Courtesy of Hendrik Pape - image credit)
Emergency crews are investigating after a crane fell onto a building near Yonge Street and The Esplanade. (Courtesy of Hendrik Pape - image credit)

A crane fell onto a condo building in downtown Toronto on Saturday, causing significant damage but no injuries, police say.

Police said the crane is located on the top of a condo at 8 The Esplanade, near Yonge Street, and a portion of the crane called the counterbalance fell six metres onto the roof.

Toronto Fire Services was called about the collapse at 2 p.m., while the Toronto Police Service was called shortly after 2 p.m.

The building is attached to and at the back of the Meridian Hall performing arts centre.

"Our crews got up on the roof of the building. We found a small, service crane," Platoon Chief Kevin Shaw, of Toronto Fire Services, told reporters.

"The crane collapsed, causing some structural damage on the roof, but no danger to any of the floors below. It didn't get into any of the apartment units," he added.

"There were no injuries. People responsible for the crane are getting equipment and staff to secure the crane so they can dismantle it."

Police said no residences were damaged by the crane collapse because the top floors of the condo are used for mechanical purposes. The service crane is about five to six metres tall, Shaw said.

Mark Bochsler/CBC
Mark Bochsler/CBC

Nearby buildings temporarily evacuated

Emergency crews evacuated nearby buildings in what they call the "danger zone" and assessed the damage and structural integrity of the building.

"There's 20,000 pounds of counterweight on the crane that shifted, and when it shifted it caused the crane to tip over," Shaw said.

Toronto Fire Services advised residents to stay out of the area and police closed surrounding roads, but they were reopened about a couple hours after the incident.

Police said the damage from the crane counterweight was contained to the condo tower at 8 The Esplanade. Meridian Hall has not been damaged, police said.

"There's quite a bit of damage but nothing that's causing a threat to anyone in the building," Shaw said.

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