A large crane was dipped into the roof of a Rancho Palos Verdes house on Monday afternoon.
Around 4 p.m., the crane tipped over and landed on the roof of a one-story house on the 30,000 block of Cartier Drive, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
According to the department, no injuries were reported even though there were two people in the house.
“The crane was actually here to install a solar array, which is solar panels, just not on the roof of the structure,” said Henry Narvaez, department spokesman. “The solar panels are in the back yard and are mounted on metal posts or pillars. And those pillars were being carried from the street across the building into the back yard when the accident occurred. “
The Sky5 aerial video showed a truck at the base of the crane being tipped to the side in front of the house. The crane seemed to hit the roof of the house and hang in the back yard.
Magda Kispal, 81, told KTLA at the scene that she owned the house and was in the house with her husband at the time of the incident.
“It was a terrible movement and noise,” said Kispal. “The movement was so bad that I thought it was an earthquake.”
Her husband, 73-year-old John Kerwin, said they were just a few feet from where the crane came down. “[It] cut right through our house, ”he said.
“Had it continued, it would have had us,” said Kerwin, adding that it sounded like “a nice heavy earthquake.”
According to the fire department, the crews were working to assess the structural integrity.
The state Department of Safety and Health at Work responded to clear the scene, Narvaez said, and the crane company planned to bring another crane to lift the submerged one from the structure.
“It is very amazing that no one was injured,” said Narvaez.
SICK COLLAPSE AT HOME | 30000 Blk Cartier Dr. #RanchoPalosVerdes | Arriving units discovered that a large crane had overturned and landed on the roof of a one-story house. No reported injuries. # LAACoFD USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team on the way to assess structural integrity. #CartIC
– LA County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) April 26, 2021
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