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(CTV News)   The current weather in Kingston, Canada calls for intermittent explosions, the center of the city on fire and a crane operator dangling from his blazing crane as he waits for a helicopter to save him   (ctvnews.ca) divider line 105
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2013-12-17 03:37:59 PM
Yeah, everybody talks about intermittent explosions, and the city on fire, and crane operators dangling from blazing cranes waiting for helicopters to save them, but no one ever does anything about it.
 
2013-12-17 03:42:18 PM
img.fark.netMore dramatic photo:
 
2013-12-17 03:46:05 PM
He must have walked to the edge there, that takes balls, even if your life is on the line, i'm sure many people would just freeze up in panic and fear. Good for him, and good helicoptering work. So what film is this from?
 
2013-12-17 03:54:20 PM
FTFC: But seriously, who builds a large apartment complex like that out of wood? It was a disaster just waiting to happen.


I guess they were out of straw.
 
2013-12-17 03:58:09 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: FTFC: But seriously, who builds a large apartment complex like that out of wood? It was a disaster just waiting to happen.


I guess they were out of straw.


Yup - and the igloos melt in the spring. Can't win, man!
 
2013-12-17 04:03:35 PM
"WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT ! "
 
2013-12-17 04:04:40 PM
dj_bigbird likes this
 
2013-12-17 04:23:38 PM

Snowrise: More dramatic photo:


NOPE.gif
 
2013-12-17 04:23:51 PM
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Lousy Smarch weather.
 
2013-12-17 04:24:03 PM
Holy shiatballs, Batman, that's crazy
 
2013-12-17 04:24:04 PM
Not so Irie mon! I and I hope the man well.
 
2013-12-17 04:24:42 PM

Snowrise: [img.fark.net image 539x656]More dramatic photo:


That's a stupid place to sit if you're operating a crane.
 
2013-12-17 04:25:15 PM
Could have been worse.

thornton.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-12-17 04:25:47 PM
Since when is Michael Bay a Canadian?
 
2013-12-17 04:26:03 PM
So, umbrella weather?
 
2013-12-17 04:27:08 PM
Help us, Michael Bay. You're our only hope!
 
2013-12-17 04:28:23 PM
That helicopter better get there quick because, that fire is going to bend the steel crane.

Unless that crane is made out of chicken wire he's screwed

cdn3.sbnation.com
 
2013-12-17 04:28:54 PM
The fire makes it scary, yes.  But, when I see a crane operator on top of a skyscraper doing his thing, well, I could never work under those circumstances.
 
2013-12-17 04:28:54 PM
Trouble in paradise?
 
2013-12-17 04:29:08 PM
All he has to do is piss down from the crane - its freezes and he slides down the piss icicle.

/ your welcome
 
2013-12-17 04:29:10 PM

Slaxl: So what film is this from?


The rescue off the crane might be  True Lies, though that was a Harrier not a helicopter.
 
2013-12-17 04:29:27 PM
Die Hard 6?
 
2013-12-17 04:30:47 PM
Soooo... business as usual then.
 
2013-12-17 04:32:06 PM

oldfarthenry: Eddie Adams from Torrance: FTFC: But seriously, who builds a large apartment complex like that out of wood? It was a disaster just waiting to happen.


I guess they were out of straw.

Yup - and the igloos melt in the spring. Can't win, man!


Pykrete?
 
2013-12-17 04:33:26 PM
From the comments:

Why in the world does the City building code allow for a 5 storey structure to be built out of wood and not concrete. Thank God it is now rather than with full occupancy!

They are building dozens of these fire traps in our town. The developer has a serious case of the "Chirpy-Chirpy-Cheap-Cheaps"

Oh and he probably greased the palms of some city seat-warmer to get the rules waived. Developers are truly evil shiats.
 
2013-12-17 04:33:52 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Help us, Michael Bay. You're our only hope!


Obviously with a single helicopter being called in for the rescue, this is not a Michael Bay production. If it were, you'd see a group of helicopters, with one being piloted by a Grizzled Veteran With A Haunted Past and another piloted by a Smartassed Kid With Talent But No Humility and they'd be jawing at each other even as some of the other helicopters were swatted from the sky and became Massive Fireballs With Screaming, and then the two remaining pilots, would find a way to use both the kid's talent and the veteran's experience to pull off some Pretty F*cking Amazing Sh*t With Fire And Maybe Nukes Or Some Crazy-Ass Explodey Sh*t and then they'd appreciate each other's talents with Awkward But Good-Natured Banter On The Way Back To The Airstrip.
 
2013-12-17 04:34:11 PM
I hope he is okay. Good luck.
 
2013-12-17 04:35:29 PM

SmackLT: AverageAmericanGuy: Help us, Michael Bay. You're our only hope!

Obviously with a single helicopter being called in for the rescue, this is not a Michael Bay production. If it were, you'd see a group of helicopters, with one being piloted by a Grizzled Veteran With A Haunted Past and another piloted by a Smartassed Kid With Talent But No Humility and they'd be jawing at each other even as some of the other helicopters were swatted from the sky and became Massive Fireballs With Screaming, and then the two remaining pilots, would find a way to use both the kid's talent and the veteran's experience to pull off some Pretty F*cking Amazing Sh*t With Fire And Maybe Nukes Or Some Crazy-Ass Explodey Sh*t and then they'd appreciate each other's talents with Awkward But Good-Natured Banter On The Way Back To The Airstrip.


The day ain't over yet.
 
2013-12-17 04:37:16 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: FTFC: But seriously, who builds a large apartment complex like that out of wood? It was a disaster just waiting to happen.


I guess they were out of straw.


Real estate is a slimy, vile business that makes the Mafia look like a daycare center. Probably the plans filed to the city describe an armored concrete bunker with the highest quality finish, the city then calculates a value from thin air to charge property tax, the city puts a little sticker on the plans.

Now the builder gets a permit and makes ridiculously vague floor plans and descriptions because no one from the city checks anything beyond paperwork, and prospective buyers can't check the plans filed at the city anyways.

What the builder actually builds is the lowest possible interpretation of the building codes (which were probably bought that way by the construction mafia), minus the "home buyer leeway". The home-buyer leeway is as follows: home buyers are so monetarily tapped out after the notary public or lawyer, city welcome taxes and expenses that they can't afford a lawyer to sue the builder.

New home construction warranty programs are often just a different arm of the same builder mafia in any case.

Then the insurance company comes along and says "hey wait a minute, wood burns so your premiums will be sky high".

Or in the case of "student housing" probably managed by a private company but paid for by taxpayers, multiply the evil by 15.

But what do I know.
 
2013-12-17 04:37:38 PM
We need chopperdudetracy here.
 
2013-12-17 04:37:41 PM
images.scribblelive.com

Do all helicopters do this, or just Canadian helicopters?
 
2013-12-17 04:39:09 PM

dabbletech: [images.scribblelive.com image 300x225]

Do all helicopters do this, or just Canadian helicopters?


Very strong wind.
 
2013-12-17 04:39:31 PM
It's been done. 14 years ago
 
2013-12-17 04:39:55 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
This guy?
 
2013-12-17 04:39:56 PM

dabbletech: [images.scribblelive.com image 300x225]

Do all helicopters do this, or just Canadian helicopters?


Fly on their sides?
 
2013-12-17 04:41:08 PM
You see that? Good, hard working fire from Kingston, Ontario.

www.keikari.com
 
2013-12-17 04:41:57 PM
I can smell the fire from here. Going to have to take a detour to get home today. Crane operator had been rescued before this article was posted, happy to hear he is safe.
 
2013-12-17 04:42:56 PM

KarmicDisaster: We need chopperdudetracy here.


I'm here, what do you want to know?
 
2013-12-17 04:43:35 PM

Slaxl: helicoptering work


I think the industry term is expert choperator.
 
2013-12-17 04:43:53 PM
Kingston? I have no memory of the place.
 
2013-12-17 04:44:39 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: The day ain't over yet.


1.bp.blogspot.com

"Bob, I need to break in here. We're getting some preliminary reports
that locals have seen what appears to be a very strange phenomenon.
They're saying that they're seeing what appears to be a tornado, but
the tornado is carrying literally hundreds of sharks.

And the sharks apparently are breathing fire. You know, like dragons."
 
2013-12-17 04:45:39 PM
Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".
 
2013-12-17 04:45:59 PM
Queens University...and Kingston is beautiful.

Sucks to hear.
 
2013-12-17 04:46:33 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: dabbletech: [images.scribblelive.com image 300x225]

Do all helicopters do this, or just Canadian helicopters?

Fly on their sides?


Yup - and we grow trees sideways as well.
 
2013-12-17 04:47:36 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: KarmicDisaster: We need chopperdudetracy here.

I'm here, what do you want to know?


Well, can't you swoop in and pluck that guy right off, or at least give some running commentary?
 
2013-12-17 04:47:56 PM

Farking Canuck: dabbletech: [images.scribblelive.com image 300x225]

Do all helicopters do this, or just Canadian helicopters?

Very strong wind.


yeah... it even put the natural terrian and caused it to bank.
 
2013-12-17 04:48:07 PM
It's always 'ME, me, me!' 'Help ME', put ME out' I'M on fire!'
 
2013-12-17 04:50:31 PM
Richmond, British Columbia, built a brand new wood residential building of 6 story's, because they changed the bylaw to allow 6 story wooden buildings from the old 4 story limit.

/It burned down one night just before being finished.
//If only the fire sprinkler system had been active at all....
 
2013-12-17 04:52:13 PM
atariage.com
 
2013-12-17 04:52:54 PM

KarmicDisaster: Old_Chief_Scott: KarmicDisaster: We need chopperdudetracy here.

I'm here, what do you want to know?

Well, can't you swoop in and pluck that guy right off, or at least give some running commentary?


He's already plucked.
 
2013-12-17 04:53:08 PM
Also worth mentioning is that a protest letter was sent to the temporary planning council describing this exact event. "Hey, you're using the most flammable wood, almost no fire retardent material, building beside a gas station... All in the middle of the downtown core."

... But yeah, I can totally see smoke from my building. Guess I'm taking the scenic route home... :S
 
2013-12-17 04:56:09 PM

sheep snorter: Richmond, British Columbia, built a brand new wood residential building of 6 story's, because they changed the bylaw to allow 6 story wooden buildings from the old 4 story limit.

/It burned down one night just before being finished.
//If only the fire sprinkler system had been active at all....


Pah, I'm sure they modified the bylaws so that no such expensive systems are required when building. But they'll be required if you want to live in it, ie the buyers will get whacked by a nice "improvement fee" the minute they move in.

But renting is stupid. Yes yes, "investing" your life savings into the notional worth of a hastily thrown together pile of tinder held together by the lowest quality materials is sound financial advice.

Real estate is really the vilest, most scummy, stomach-churning business run by the lowest of the low. People that not even drug gangs want around go into real estate.
 
2013-12-17 04:56:10 PM
If only there was a way to get down from heights without the use of a helicopter.....

   The self-evac kit I carried as a ski patroller: 200 ft of 6mil static line, belay device, locking carabiner, and enough sling to make a sit harness, you could also add a prussik. You are down safely and quickly with a simple rappel .

   You would think anyone working at height would be required to know how to initiate a self-rescue. Suppose the helicopter or help is a couple hours away.

   How hard would it be to have a similar evac-kit in the cab of the crane?
 
2013-12-17 04:56:44 PM

Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".


Welcome to how Americans view the world. We're lucky they say "Kingston, Canada" and not just "someplace near the artic circle".
 
2013-12-17 04:58:12 PM
I blame Al Gore for this sudden warming trend.
 
2013-12-17 04:58:32 PM

Jument: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".

Welcome to how Americans view the world. We're lucky they say "Kingston, Canada" and not just "someplace near the artic circle".


Shut up, we Americans already know that everything in Canada is already inside the Arctic circle. That's why you all live in igloos.
 
2013-12-17 04:58:55 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-17 05:01:34 PM

blatz514: Could have been worse.

[thornton.s3.amazonaws.com image 460x345]


Ah yes, I remember that.
 
2013-12-17 05:02:04 PM

Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".


Maybe you should tell the City of Kingston, Canada that

http://kingstoncanada.com/en/
 
2013-12-17 05:03:37 PM

Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".


America's hat, doesn't matter.
 
2013-12-17 05:04:56 PM

New Age Redneck: If only there was a way to get down from heights without the use of a helicopter.....

   The self-evac kit I carried as a ski patroller: 200 ft of 6mil static line, belay device, locking carabiner, and enough sling to make a sit harness, you could also add a prussik. You are down safely and quickly with a simple rappel .


Right into the heart of the fire. Go ahead, show us how it's done.
 
2013-12-17 05:05:01 PM

Langston: Jument: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".

Welcome to how Americans view the world. We're lucky they say "Kingston, Canada" and not just "someplace near the artic circle".

Shut up, we Americans already know that everything in Canada is already inside the Arctic circle. That's why you all live in igloos.


If you live in Canada you already know perfectly well there's nothing outside of Ontario, so provinces don't really matter anyway.
 
2013-12-17 05:06:07 PM

SMB2811: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".

Maybe you should tell the City of Kingston, Canada that

http://kingstoncanada.com/en/


KEDCO has never done anything useful.
 
2013-12-17 05:08:47 PM

kver: Langston: Jument: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".

Welcome to how Americans view the world. We're lucky they say "Kingston, Canada" and not just "someplace near the artic circle".

Shut up, we Americans already know that everything in Canada is already inside the Arctic circle. That's why you all live in igloos.

If you live in Canada you already know perfectly well there's nothing outside of Ontario, so provinces don't really matter anyway.


The technically correct description of any place in Canada is obviouslt its distance from Toronto.
 
2013-12-17 05:10:35 PM
Does anyone have that cartoon tutorial of how to jump out of a building and survive?

I saw it one time here on Fark. It was a comic showing a guy jumping out of a tall building with a chair. He crouched on the chair until the moment before impact, and then jumped off, landing safely. One of those stick figure drawings. It was totally ridiculous, but funny as heck.

I've GISed it several times, but have been unable to find the dang thing.

Anyone? Anyone? Help a farker out?
 
2013-12-17 05:16:29 PM

oldfarthenry: Dr Jack Badofsky: dabbletech: [images.scribblelive.com image 300x225]

Do all helicopters do this, or just Canadian helicopters?

Fly on their sides?

Yup - and we grow trees sideways as well.


Fascinating, eh?
 
2013-12-17 05:17:48 PM

sheep snorter: Richmond, British Columbia, built a brand new wood residential building of 6 story's, because they changed the bylaw to allow 6 story wooden buildings from the old 4 story limit.

/It burned down one night just before being finished.
//If only the fire sprinkler system had been active at all....


This seems to be a problem in BC dating back to the 80s when the leaky condo fiasco happened. Bylaws and building codes are changed on a whim and many inspectors have little or no hands on, practical construction experience.
 
2013-12-17 05:22:35 PM
Dragonflew

I
f only there was a way to get down from heights without the use of a helicopter.....

   The self-evac kit I carried as a ski patroller: 200 ft of 6mil static line, belay device, locking carabiner, and enough sling to make a sit harness, you could also add a prussik. You are down safely and quickly with a simple rappel .

Right into the heart of the fire. Go ahead, show us how it's done.


   You may notice that the end of the crane extends past the fires footprint, f*cktard.
 
2013-12-17 05:23:01 PM

Unobtanium: It's been done. 14 years ago


Thank you - this seemed awfully familiar.
 
2013-12-17 05:23:08 PM

Snowrise: [img.fark.net image 539x656]More dramatic photo:


I don't know, the pics in TFV show the helicopter hovering right above the crane, and the guy standing up to get in the copter, that's pretty dramatic, if you ask me. Knot sure how the copter was able to take back off with the brass balls the crew has PLUS those of the crane operator.

Helicopter operators are pretty badass, I saw one land on the embankment next to a highway once, about 2 feet from the 20ft dropoff, they kept the rotors going, like with the Chinooks when they drop off troops on a roof, so that the helicopter's full weight wasn't resting on that embankment.
 
2013-12-17 05:25:10 PM

doczoidberg: I've GISed it several times, but have been unable to find the dang thing.

Anyone? Anyone? Help a farker out?


Try a GIS for "troll physics chair".
 
2013-12-17 05:25:45 PM

New Age Redneck: If only there was a way to get down from heights without the use of a helicopter.....

   The self-evac kit I carried as a ski patroller: 200 ft of 6mil static line, belay device, locking carabiner, and enough sling to make a sit harness, you could also add a prussik. You are down safely and quickly with a simple rappel .

   You would think anyone working at height would be required to know how to initiate a self-rescue. Suppose the helicopter or help is a couple hours away.

   How hard would it be to have a similar evac-kit in the cab of the crane?


You mean the area where the flames were? or the area that had flames under it? He went to the one part farthest away from any fire...
 
2013-12-17 05:27:01 PM

New Age Redneck: If only there was a way to get down from heights without the use of a helicopter.....

   The self-evac kit I carried as a ski patroller: 200 ft of 6mil static line, belay device, locking carabiner, and enough sling to make a sit harness, you could also add a prussik. You are down safely and quickly with a simple rappel .

   You would think anyone working at height would be required to know how to initiate a self-rescue. Suppose the helicopter or help is a couple hours away.

   How hard would it be to have a similar evac-kit in the cab of the crane?


Dont even need the rope. The thing he is sitting on has a big one built right in.

 I'm sure they could devise some sort of harness that clips right onto the cable.
 
2013-12-17 05:27:51 PM
There have to be some serious thermals for the chopper pilots to work with...
 
2013-12-17 05:28:40 PM
Bravo to the SAR Techs from the 424. Those guys are awesome.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/424_Transport_and_Rescue_Squadron
 
2013-12-17 05:28:46 PM

kver: Also worth mentioning is that a protest letter was sent to the temporary planning council describing this exact event. "Hey, you're using the most flammable wood, almost no fire retardent material, building beside a gas station... All in the middle of the downtown core."

... But yeah, I can totally see smoke from my building. Guess I'm taking the scenic route home... :S


I'd be pretty damned pissed, especially if I was with the group that sent that letter, and especially if people end up dying.
 
2013-12-17 05:29:55 PM

dywed88: kver: Langston: Jument: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".


I was on a bandtrip to California once.  The band teacher told the kids we were from BC, and asked if they knew were that was.  He got blank stares.

Teacher: We're in...?
Kids: California
Teacher: North of here is...?
Kids: Oregon
Teacher: North of that?
Kids: Washington.
Teacher: North of that?
Kids: Canada
Band: <irritated mutterings>
Teacher: <turns to band> Easy there...

Welcome to how Americans view the world. We're lucky they say "Kingston, Canada" and not just "someplace near the artic circle".

Shut up, we Americans already know that everything in Canada is already inside the Arctic circle. That's why you all live in igloos.

If you live in Canada you already know perfectly well there's nothing outside of Ontario, so provinces don't really matter anyway.

The technically correct description of any place in Canada is obviouslt its distance from Toronto.


Distance and bearing from the Centre of the Universe, Toronto.  It's quintessentially Canadian - why do you think it's called a polar coordinate system?
 
2013-12-17 05:31:30 PM
i.imgur.com

Thank goodness for our Beagle in the Sky.
 
2013-12-17 05:32:13 PM
Video of the massive fire at a building under deconstruction;

ftfy
 
2013-12-17 05:33:59 PM

Mikey1969: kver: Also worth mentioning is that a protest letter was sent to the temporary planning council describing this exact event. "Hey, you're using the most flammable wood, almost no fire retardent material, building beside a gas station... All in the middle of the downtown core."

... But yeah, I can totally see smoke from my building. Guess I'm taking the scenic route home... :S

I'd be pretty damned pissed, especially if I was with the group that sent that letter, and especially if people end up dying.


Kingston is run by a bunch of absolute morons. Every decision they make involves hiring an outside consultant at ridiculous fees, as there is no one with any skill or credentials otherwise.
 
2013-12-17 05:36:54 PM
I have a feeling these giant wooden apartment buildings are being promoted by the lumber industry or something. There's one being built near my Mom's condo with a giant sign out front proudly declaring "Winnipeg's largest all-wooden structure!!!"

I expect it to go up in flames at some point - there's a back alley arsonist operating in town. He likes to light garbage cans and garages on fire, but I suspect that giant pile of kindling has been calling his name for awhile now.
 
2013-12-17 05:38:17 PM

Dragonflew: Mikey1969: kver: Also worth mentioning is that a protest letter was sent to the temporary planning council describing this exact event. "Hey, you're using the most flammable wood, almost no fire retardent material, building beside a gas station... All in the middle of the downtown core."

... But yeah, I can totally see smoke from my building. Guess I'm taking the scenic route home... :S

I'd be pretty damned pissed, especially if I was with the group that sent that letter, and especially if people end up dying.

Kingston is run by a bunch of absolute morons. Every decision they make involves hiring an outside consultant at ridiculous fees, as there is no one with any skill or credentials otherwise.


It's intentional. Privatize the profit, socialize the cost. Create massive administrative structures to keep annoying citizen eyes out.

Just shut the hell up, pay your taxes and cling to the memory of 1970s Canada.
 
2013-12-17 05:40:12 PM
Live scanner for Kingston fire + rescue and ambulance:

http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/13056/web
 
2013-12-17 05:45:02 PM

Ivo Shandor: doczoidberg: I've GISed it several times, but have been unable to find the dang thing.

Anyone? Anyone? Help a farker out?

Try a GIS for "troll physics chair".



Found it!

Thank you, sir.
 
2013-12-17 06:02:30 PM

Bondith: dywed88: kver: Langston: Jument: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".

I was on a bandtrip to California once.  The band teacher told the kids we were from BC, and asked if they knew were that was.  He got blank stares.

Teacher: We're in...?
Kids: California
Teacher: North of here is...?
Kids: Oregon
Teacher: North of that?
Kids: Washington.
Teacher: North of that?
Kids: Canada
Band: <irritated mutterings>
Teacher: <turns to band> Easy there...

Welcome to how Americans view the world. We're lucky they say "Kingston, Canada" and not just "someplace near the artic circle".

Shut up, we Americans already know that everything in Canada is already inside the Arctic circle. That's why you all live in igloos.

If you live in Canada you already know perfectly well there's nothing outside of Ontario, so provinces don't really matter anyway.

The technically correct description of any place in Canada is obviouslt its distance from Toronto.

Distance and bearing from the Centre of the Universe, Toronto.  It's quintessentially Canadian - why do you think it's called a polar coordinate system?


What part of California? Because the area near Yuma is technically south of Alberta.
 
2013-12-17 06:04:52 PM

Pick13: That helicopter better get there quick because, that fire is going to bend the steel crane.


That would be the first time in.. no, wait, the second time in history, that fire has ever melted steel.
 
2013-12-17 06:07:44 PM

Slaxl: He must have walked to the edge there, that takes balls, even if your life is on the line, i'm sure many people would just freeze up in panic and fear. Good for him, and good helicoptering work. So what film is this from?


You don't find many tower crane operators that have a problem with heights.
 
2013-12-17 06:12:09 PM

Unobtanium: It's been done. 14 years ago


I remember that, actually.  No idea why I do, but I do.
 
2013-12-17 06:23:43 PM

Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".


Yeah, but there is only what, eight cities in Canada? It's easier this way.
 
2013-12-17 06:26:22 PM

This text is now purple: What part of California? Because the area near Yuma is technically south of Alberta.


Some podunk town somewhere up the coast.  I think the was the only concert we ended up doing besides Disneyland.  The bus driver consistently failed to get us anywhere in time for our scheduled school visits.
 
2013-12-17 07:01:58 PM
A crane company is required to have an escape plan and an emergency means of egress. I repair overhead cranes so that consists
of a rope ladder or an engineered system consisting  a retractable life line with harness. I constantly work in the air (up to 300')
so my rescue plan is either a aerial lift or a helicopter or rescue like this. A few years ago I had to use a helicopter to set some electric motors when I was modernizing a railroad bridge over the Des Plaines river. $7,500 to lift and set each motor.
 
2013-12-17 07:24:06 PM

New Age Redneck:    You may notice that the end of the crane extends past the fires footprint, f*cktard.


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It's a windy day, there is a chance that may have been obscured by the smoke.
 
2013-12-17 07:37:54 PM

merrillvillain: A crane company is required to have an escape plan and an emergency means of egress. I repair overhead cranes so that consists
of a rope ladder or an engineered system consisting  a retractable life line with harness. I constantly work in the air (up to 300')
so my rescue plan is either a aerial lift or a helicopter or rescue like this. A few years ago I had to use a helicopter to set some electric motors when I was modernizing a railroad bridge over the Des Plaines river. $7,500 to lift and set each motor.


I thought I did well getting $200 to run a few lights and three/four way switches. $7500 to install a motor and you get to ride a helicopter? I'm doing it wrong. :(
 
2013-12-17 08:00:58 PM

merrillvillain: A crane company is required to have an escape plan and an emergency means of egress. I repair overhead cranes so that consists
of a rope ladder or an engineered system consisting  a retractable life line with harness. I constantly work in the air (up to 300')
so my rescue plan is either a aerial lift or a helicopter or rescue like this. A few years ago I had to use a helicopter to set some electric motors when I was modernizing a railroad bridge over the Des Plaines river. $7,500 to lift and set each motor.


I would assume your escape plan should not involve a military SAR helicopter like this.

He likely had an escape plan, but it was unsafe to use (either putting him in the fire or close enough to it to be too dangerous with a very real risk of the firs spreading).
 
2013-12-17 08:33:45 PM
I was not in the helicopter -- I was on top of the bridge setting the motors (base bolts,grid coupling etc ..)
Here are some pics.


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<a href="http://s942.photobucket.com/user/mvpics777/media/532634575_1882 182121_ 0.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad261/mvpics777/532634575_188 218212 1_0.jpg" border="0" alt="heli photo 532634575_1882182121_0.jpg"/></a>


I mostly lurk so I am sure the pictures will not show up.
 
2013-12-17 09:13:01 PM

kver: Also worth mentioning is that a protest letter was sent to the temporary planning council describing this exact event. "Hey, you're using the most flammable wood, almost no fire retardent material, building beside a gas station... All in the middle of the downtown core."

... But yeah, I can totally see smoke from my building. Guess I'm taking the scenic route home... :S


Problem is that burning building is nowhere near the downtown core.

/used to live two blocks away from the place, when it was nothing but a large parking lot for a car-rental company.
 
2013-12-17 09:36:36 PM
Thanks for the totalfark subscription from anonymous.
My only guess is it was from someone who used to post on Daily Rotten before it died.
 
2013-12-17 09:43:05 PM
Tell your friends and family that all buildings are built of wood in Canada and see how many of them believe you.

I was a post-grad student in Kingston and about the only thing I remember about Princess street apart from the bookstores and a couple of good restaurants is the Go-Bot building. It was a hideous brutalist building that reminded me of a Transformer type toy called Go-Bots. Inside it was like a rabbit warren. The elevator stopped at one out of three floors and there were steps up and down. Way to save money on elevators. The only guy I knew there was handicapped.

Kingston has some lovely old stone buildings and the lake and the canal, but it is a bit small townish with a strong townie-gownie divide. Apart from the university it had two or three prisons and the Fort, a sort of military academy crossed with a historical site.
 
2013-12-17 09:48:47 PM

Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".


I get mildly irritated by hat as well.
A friend of mine posted two videos on FB today of that fire. It was insane! I'd link them but the mobile site won't let me.
 
2013-12-17 09:49:34 PM

brantgoose: Apart from the university


Not casting any aspersions on the value of your Queen's degree, sport, but there are two universities in Kingston. How'd a bright snowflake like you manage to not notice that in several years there?
 
2013-12-17 10:00:21 PM

katerbug72: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".

I get mildly irritated by that as well.
A friend of mine posted two videos on FB today of that fire. It was insane! I'd link them but the mobile site won't let me.


ftfm

/mildly irritated by my typo as well
 
2013-12-17 10:15:15 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: From the comments:

Why in the world does the City building code allow for a 5 storey structure to be built out of wood and not concrete. Thank God it is now rather than with full occupancy!

They are building dozens of these fire traps in our town. The developer has a serious case of the "Chirpy-Chirpy-Cheap-Cheaps"

Oh and he probably greased the palms of some city seat-warmer to get the rules waived. Developers are truly evil shiats.


Indeed.

"In another Christmas story, Dale Pearson, evil developer, self-absorbed woman hater, and seemingly unredeemable curmudgeon, might be visited in the night by a series of ghosts who, by showing him bleak visions of Christmas future, past, and present, would bring about in him a change to generosity, kindness, and a general warmth toward his fellow man. But this is not that kind of Christmas story, so here, in not too many pages, someone is going to dispatch the miserable son of a biatch with a shovel. That's the spirit of Christmas yet to come in these parts. Ho, ho, ho."

― Christopher Moore, The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
 
2013-12-17 10:24:46 PM
When a military chopper arrived at the scene of a massive fire in Kingston, Ont., to rescue a worker trapped on a construction crane, the man was "petrified," the helicopter pilot said.

At first he was afraid he was petrified
Kept thinking he could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights
Thinking how you did me wrong
And he grew strong
And he learned how to get along
And now you're back
from outer space
he just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
he should have changed that stupid lock
he should have made you leave your key
If he'd known for just one second you'd back to bother him
Go on now, go walk out the door
Just turn around now
'Cause you're not welcome anymore
Weren't you the one who tried to hurt him with goodbye
Do you think he'd crumble
Did you think he'd lay down and die?
Oh no, not him. He will survive
 
2013-12-18 12:03:00 AM
<Kanye>

"Yo Kingston Canada, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Lac-Megantic Quebec had one of the best exploding burning downtowns of all time...one of the best exploding burning downtowns  of all time!"

</Kanye>
 
2013-12-18 01:09:03 AM
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