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Construction crane in Manhattan catches fire, its arm hitting skyscraper while collapsing

Emergency responders battle flames as a large construction crane caught fire in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 in New York.   The crane caught fire and its arm hit a building as it crashed to the street below. (WABC via AP)
Emergency responders battle flames as a large construction crane caught fire in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 in New York. The crane caught fire and its arm hit a building as it crashed to the street below. (WABC via AP)

NEW YORK — A tall construction crane catches fire in Manhattan this morning, and its arm hits a building as it crashes to the street below.

Photos and videos posted on social media show flames bursting from the car of a crane hundreds of feet above 10th Avenue at 41st Street. The crane’s arm scrapes the top floors of a skyscraper across the street as it falls.

There are no immediate reports of injuries from the crane fire and collapse, which happened shortly before 8 a.m local time.

Firefighters stationed on a roof deck of another building use hoses to battle the blaze. Surrounding streets are closed to traffic.

The location on Manhattan’s West Side is near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and an entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, which carries auto traffic to and from New Jersey under the Hudson River.

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