Crane operator trapped on crane boom after fire

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A crane operator has been trapped on a crane boom and seven people have been hospitalised after a fire broke out at a construction site in east London.

The fie which broke out on a high rise in London created dramatic scenes and a worker presumed to be the crane operator sought refuge at the end of the counter jib.

The fire broke out at contractor Bouygues’ Makers Yard residential scheme, near Silvertown Way in Canning Town the fire was so bad that the thick black smoke engulfed the mast of his Wolff tower crane.

The London Fire Brigade said that the fire started within a base in the commercial unit in the 10-storey residential building still under construction on the site.

Huge plumes of black smoke engulfed the neighbouring Brunel Street Works apartment and the surrounding buildings.

The seven people treated in hospital for smoke inhalation at the site are not known to be either construction workers or local residents.

The alarm was raised at around 8.30am after the shift had just started on Tuesday morning. Crews had the incident under control by 9.36am

70 firefighters and ten fire engines were sent to the fire near Silvertown Way in Canning Town London.

The alarm was raised at around 8.30am after the shift had just started on Tuesday morning. Crews had the incident under control by 9.36am