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Updated: Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:22:30 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Kingston crane dismantled 4 days after massive fire



This photo shows the crane in the final stages of dismantling on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Kingston, Ont. Frédéric Pepin/Radio-Canada

This photo shows the crane in the final stages of dismantling on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Kingston, Ont. Frédéric Pepin/Radio-Canada

Crews have completely dismantled a construction crane damaged in a massive fire earlier this week in Kingston, Ont., even though an ice storm continues to batter the area.

The province approved a plan to dismantle the crane where a worker was rescued in Tuesday’s fire at a residential housing complex under construction.

The Ministry of Labour gave the go-ahead for Dutch company Mammoet to bring four cranes to the site at 663 Princess St. Three cranes were used to stabilize the existing crane while a fourth crane was used to lower the sections of the damaged crane as it was disassembled.

The pieces were then loaded onto flatbed trucks parked on Victoria Street even though an ice storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of people and left roads looking like skating rinks.

Developer wants to rebuild structure

Patry Inc., the developer of the student-housing complex being built at 663 Princess St., said dismantling took less than 24 hours despite the icy conditions.

The company also said it wants to rebuild the structure, according to Radio-Canada video journalist Frédéric Pepin.

The fire damaged the steel crane to the point where a two-block evacuation zone had to be set up around the site, with people banned from getting back into homes and businesses.

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