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Crane collapse forces evacuation of 2 downtown buildings

Last Updated Jul 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm EDT

A crane collapse forced the evacuation of two buildings in the downtown core. CITYNEWS/Adrian Golombek

Two buildings have been evacuated following a crane collapse in the downtown core.

Emergency crews were called to a building on Wellington Street near Simcoe Street just after 10 a.m.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg says the crane operator managed to make their way out of the crane under their own power and was not injured.

“Everyone’s accounted for and no injuries that needed to be dealt with, just need to deal with the public safety hazard given the fact that the crane is just over 200 feet in the air and we need to secure that and make sure it doesn’t end up in a subsequent incident,” Pegg told reporters on the scene.

Pegg adds they are also paying particular attention to the weather.

“We’re having to keep an eye on the weather. We have to be very vigilant about things like heavy rain, wind and the potential for lightning.”

Pegg says it could take up to 12 hours before the scene is cleared.