Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 30, 2013

Live power line threatens workers


— Firefighters rescued two window washers this morning after their crane came in contact with a 46,000-volt power line in downtown Traverse City.

The window washers became trapped in their crane outside River's Edge condominiums near Lake Avenue and Cass Street about 10:30 a.m. today. They did not appear to be injured, but contact with the power line caused a fire in the tires of the window washers' crane, a blaze extinguished by city firefighters.

The incident knocked out power to an undetermined number of city residences and buildings.

Traverse City Fire Department Chief Jim Tuller said fire crews were dispatched to the scene after the crane's tires caught on fire. Tuller said emergency workers waited to ensure power was cut to the line before they rescued the window washers.

See additional details in Friday's Record-Eagle.