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Yarraville crane removal to begin today

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A crane which collapsed on two houses in Yarraville will be removed this morning.

The crane collapsed on two houses on Schild Street in Yarraville just before 1pm yesterday.

The crane was carrying part of a pre-made home, which was being put together on a vacant block of land, when it collapsed on to two neighbouring properties.

WorkSafe are currently on site assessing the situation.


Anna Pace, a resident of one of the damaged properties, told 3AW Drive the incident happened quickly.

“I was in the dining room and all of a sudden we heard a big bang,” he said.

“We knew there was construction happening next door but we didn’t realise it was our house (caving in).”

Metropolitan Fire Brigade Commander Roger Chitty told Tom Elliott that the crane was lifting the second part of a three part module home.

“The crane has unbalanced, it has ended up vertical. Unfortunately that module has landed on the house next door,” he said.

The people in one of the neighbouring houses were home at the time.

“Fortunately they self evacuated. They weren’t hurt,” Commander Chitty said.

Approximately 20 firefighters and an MFB heavy rescue appliance attended the incident.

Two people were assessed by paramedics on the scene. An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said both were in a stable condition.

A WorkSafe investigation into the incident is underway.

Schild Street remains closed to traffic.

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