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    Exclamation Crane falls and crushes building in NYC, four dead

    I saw this on the news earlier, the scene looked absolutely horrific.

    My thoughts are with those who responded. I was trying to see the numbers on the trucks to see if any of our FDNY members were there but all I was able to spot were 4s.

    Crane falls and crushes building in NYC, four dead
    Chip East and Claudia Parsons, Reuters
    Published: Saturday, March 15, 2008

    NEW YORK - A giant crane fell and crushed a residential building in Manhattan on Saturday, killing four construction workers and injuring more than 10 other people, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

    He said the crane "basically just flattened" a four-story townhouse with a bar on the lower level and damaged three other buildings. The bar was closed at the time.

    Greta Welkhammer, a witness who was passing by on her bicycle, told local TV station NY1 that she looked up and saw the crane "literally split in half."
    A view of the site where a crane fell over a building in New York March 15, 2008. A construction crane fell on a residential building in Manhattan on Saturday, killing several people and injuring others, New York City police said. REUTERS/Chip EastView Larger Image View Larger Image
    A view of the site where a crane fell over a building in New York March 15, 2008. A construction crane fell on a residential building in Manhattan on Saturday, killing several people and injuring others, New York City police said. REUTERS/Chip East

    "I saw the crane crashing, splitting in half," she said, adding that she saw the building it hit "falling like a house of cards."

    "Everybody was running, running; it was devastating," she said.

    Bloomberg said the crane broke during a routine operation to extend its height by inserting a section and raising the top part of the crane. The bottom part of the crane fell and hit a 19-story building but nobody was injured there.

    The top part of the crane, which witnesses said was at least 15 or 20 stories high before the accident, fell and flipped over, hitting and damaging three buildings as it fell and landing on the townhouse that was completely crushed.

    Bloomberg said authorities were investigating the cause of the accident and emergency workers were still searching in the rubble for anyone who might be trapped.

    He said the four people killed were construction workers, and that several more workers were injured. An additional 10 people were injured, three of them critically, Bloomberg said.

    "Fortunately the bar was not open so there was either one or two people in that bar," he said. One person was rescued alive from the bar and workers were searching to check if the second person was in fact in the bar at the time.

    "We are still looking for other victims potentially trapped in the rubble," Bloomberg said.

    Cars on the street were buried in rubble, with one car flipped over on its side on 50th Street in Midtown Manhattan between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

    Local TV station NY1 broadcast an amateur video taken shortly after the collapse that showed the building completely enveloped in what appeared to be a cloud of brownish dust.
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    Looks like Rescue 7 and Engine 54 from the pic's I saw.
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    extremely sad.

    my condolences and thoughts to the victims and their families.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GFD748 View Post
    Looks like Rescue 7 and Engine 54 from the pic's I saw.
    I think your finger slipped. Rescue 1 appears to be there. Not 7. Unless they have added 2 new Rescues...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLSboy View Post
    I think your finger slipped. Rescue 1 appears to be there. Not 7. Unless they have added 2 new Rescues...
    yeah I was about to say the same thing...like RESCUE 7 ? Man I only left a yr ago things just change so fast there lol

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    From what I do know however they called 4 alarms 57mins into the incident(TY NYC for correcting me) not due to fires just to get man power. The total number of firefighters 300 and police officers were 150 with numerous agencies also there. Apparently at this point and time with it being 12:46 it is still a Rescue operation..there is a confirmed 4 dead at this point and 17 injured and numerous people still missing so the death total may rise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglesrule1024 View Post
    yeah I was about to say the same thing...like RESCUE 7 ? Man I only left a yr ago things just change so fast there lol

    Rob

    I do know however that when crews arrived on scene they immediately called 4 alarms not due to fires just to get man power. The total number of firefighters 300 and police officers were 150 with numerous agencies also there. Apparently at this point and time with it being 12:46 it is still a Rescue operation..there is a confirmed 4 dead at this point and 17 injured and numerous people still missing so the death total may rise.
    The 4th alarm wasnt called until 57 minutes into the incident.
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    In keeping with my theory of those who make the most noise need the least help...

    I was watching the local news and saw them interviewing a woman who was sobbing uncontrollably about something. Turns out it was her cats were in the building and alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI View Post
    In keeping with my theory of those who make the most noise need the least help...

    I was watching the local news and saw them interviewing a woman who was sobbing uncontrollably about something. Turns out it was her cats were in the building and alone.
    Oh Yeah I saw that one too online on wcbtv.com but she made me go did she take her cats with her to the laundromat ? or was the cats left in there when she left one minute prior ?

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    Did anyone else notice that in the firehouse.com article on this that the name of the guy's bar was FUBAR. You reckin.

    And also the new Governer said that there was blood all in the street and it was gory. Who told him that, he sure as hell can't see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GFDLT1 View Post
    Did anyone else notice that in the firehouse.com article on this that the name of the guy's bar was FUBAR. You reckin.

    And also the new Governer said that there was blood all in the street and it was gory. Who told him that, he sure as hell can't see it.
    Yeah I heard that while watching a interview with him today on the news.

    And the new Governor is not totally blind he is just Legally blind he can even read and send text messages and showed the media that he holds the screen really close to his face.

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    Manhattan, N. Y. 03/15/08 @ 14:30 hrs.
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    Box 861
    305 East 50th St, between: 1st Ave. & 2nd Ave.


    861 @ 14:23
    Engs. 8, 21, 65
    Lad. 2, Lad. 4
    Batt. 8

    @ 14:24
    Up Graded to a Full Collapse Response:
    Reported a Crane Collapse from a High Rise Bldg. down onto another bldg.
    Reports of numerous trapped & unaccounted for. Getting numerous calls.

    Rescue Co. #1
    Ladder 25 w/ Rescue Collapse 1
    Rescue Co. #4
    Ladder 116 w/ Rescue Collapse 4
    Rescue Battalion / Safety Battalion
    Fieldcom 1 / Tactical Support Unit #1
    Haz Mat. battalion

    @ 14:25
    TowerLadder 7 assigned as the S.O.C. Support Truck
    Division 3 assigned

    10 – 60 – 861 @ 14:26
    Batt. 9, Batt. 10
    Batt. 7 “Safety Officer”
    Batt. 6 “Resource Unit Leader”
    Squad Co. #1 w/ T. R. V. Unit
    S. O. C. Compressor Unit

    2nd Alarm:
    2 – 2 – 10 – 60 – 861 @ 14:27

    Engs. 39, 23, 54, 16, 26
    Eng. 9 w / Satellite 1
    TowerLadder 21 is assigned as the “FAST” Truck
    Division 1
    Rac Unit #1
    Car 4:

    @ 14:30
    TowerLadder 1 assigned as an additional S. O. C. Support Truck

    @ 14:32
    Squad Co. 318 is assigned
    Battalion 11 assigned

    @ 14:34
    Battalion 4 assigned as the “Staging Manager”
    Haz. Mat. Unit #1 is assigned

    Staging Area: 2nd Ave. & 52nd St.

    @ 14:35
    Eng, 233 w / Mobile Command 1 is assigned

    @ 14:37
    Special Call ( 2 ) additional Trucks.
    Ladder 16 & TowerLadder 35 are s/c

    @ 14:49
    Rescue Co. #3 is assigned
    Squad Co. #288 is assigned

    3rd Alarm:
    3 – 3 – 10 – 60 – 861 @ 14:51
    Engs. 44, 1, 40, 22
    Lad. 24, T. Lad. 12
    Batt. 2
    Batt. 33 “Air Re Con Chief”
    Mask Service Unit #1

    4th alarm:
    4 – 4 – 10 – 60 – 861 @ 15:21
    Engs. 3, 5, 74, 33
    T. Lad. 9, Lad. 3

    @ 15:29
    Special Call ( 2 ) additional “FAST” Trucks
    TowerLadder 13 & Ladder 5 are s/c as additional “FAST” Trucks

    @ 16:15
    F.D.N.Y. reports: Have ( 4 ) 10-45 Code 1’s deceased, ( 2 ) 10-45 Code 2’s, ( 3 ) 10-45 Code 3’s

    Still have people unaccounted for in the collapse multiple dwelling.

    Extended operation to search thru the rubble.

    @ 16:30
    F.D.N.Y. reports: The collapse bldg. is a 4 Story Brick, with total collapse.

    @ 20:05
    Special Call an additional Squad Co. Squad Co. #41 s/c

    @ 20:43
    Special Call ( 3 ) Engine Co’s & ( 2 ) ladder Co’s
    Engs. 67, 10, 14 s/c
    Lad. 8, T. Lad. 23 are s/c
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    I'm reading in some articles that 11 first responders were injured also an additional 5 firefighters recieved care at the scene. Anyone know the extent of injuries or is it just media giving out bad info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFDLT1 View Post
    Did anyone else notice that in the firehouse.com article on this that the name of the guy's bar was FUBAR. You reckin.
    It it wasn't before, it is is now.

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