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Lightning ignites crane on hospital construction site

The crane at Ipswich Hospital which created a spectacular sight to Ipswich residents.
The crane at Ipswich Hospital which created a spectacular sight to Ipswich residents. Sarah Harvey

A CRANE at the Ipswich Hospital construction site caught fire after it was struck by lightning on Saturday.

Fire crews attend the Ipswich General Hospital after smoke alarms were set off around 10.30am, a Queensland Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said.

They traced the smoke to a crane on the roof of a hospital building.

A bolt of lightning had ignited the crane during a heavy storm, but the fire had been extinguished by rain.

The construction site was evacuated as firefighters checked the area using thermal imaging cameras, but hospital operations were not affected.

All persons on the site were accounted for.

Topics:  fire, ipswich hospital, queensland fire and rescue service


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