Seattle firefighters spared three homes from burning Thursday morning after a crane burst into flames in West Seattle, reports blog.seattlepi.com (http://bit.ly/1RASXFV)
Crews responded at 8:21 a.m. to multiple calls that reported flames emanating from a crane in an alley in the 4700 block of Southwest Andover Street.
Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting 15 to 20 feet in the air, Seattle Fire Department reports say. Crews evacuated the surrounding homes while firefighters worked to douse the fire from a safe distance.
The fire was ignited when a crane operator was installing trusses into a residential structure, reports say. The boom hit 26,000-volt power lines, shooting electricity through the booms and setting the crane’s tires — then the crane itself — on fire.
The operator was blown off the crane, but medics determined he did not suffer any burns or apparent injuries, according to the fire department.