Crane operator saved from fire in Kingston, Ont.

Helicopter saves crane operator who was trapped high above burning buildings

A crane operator who was stranded above a massive fire in Kingston, Ont., has boarded a helicopter in a dramatic rescue.

A rescue helicoptor from CFB Trenton arrived at the scene above Princess and Victoria Streets shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday to reach the worker, who was trapped high in the air while fire crews put out a blaze below.

He was taken to hospital with only minor injuries, according to Kingston Police.

The fire began at about 2 p.m. at a student housing building under construction near the 600 block of Princess Street, according to Kingston police Const. Steve Koopman. The building, which was vacant, was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters heard from residents of possible explosions and feared there was a potential for a propane leak.

Although the fire has currently been contained, Koopman noted there is a gas station across the street.

A building near the student housing building also caught on fire, police confirmed. They are also concerned about a nearby Howard Johnson hotel.

Residents living within a half-kilometre of the building are being asked to vacate their homes as a precaution.

Firefighters battle a major fire in downtown Kingston, Ont., Tuesday, Dec.17, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
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The Canadian Press
Tue, 17 Dec, 2013 5:00 PM EST

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