SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport firefighters and SWEPCO crews are at the scene where a large tree service crane removing a tree from the backyard of a Broadmoor residence overturned and crashed into the house on Saturday morning.
There were no injuries when the 45-tonne crane landed on the house and cut power lines just after 9am on Saturday in the 100 block of Bruce Avenue. The SFD says it could be more than a day before the machinery can be safely removed from the house.
The occupants of the house were able to escape to safety through a window on the other side of the house.
At the scene, SFD Battalion Commander Mark Guastella said that due to the size and unstable position of the crane, it would require another large crane and specially trained heavy machinery operators to pull it out.
“It shows you how much weight was involved in the shaft and the weight distribution,” Guastella said.
It is not known exactly how long the recovery will take. A larger crane has been ordered and crews are awaiting its arrival.
“They have a lot to do to get this thing removed. From what I understand, he has already rotated a bit, so they are bringing equipment to help stabilize him,” Guastella said, adding that they may have to cut the pole to get him out of the house.
Some power lines were damaged during the incident, and SWEPCO is assessing the situation.
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