The fire began at about 2:20 p.m. [Dec 17-13] at a student housing complex under construction near the 600 block of Princess Street. The building, which was vacant, was engulfed in flames. The fire had also spread to the roof of a Royal Canadian Legion villa.

A military chopper was sent to the scene to rescue a worker trapped on a construction crane. The worker became trapped on the crane when a huge blaze broke out below him at a downtown building under construction. As the fire raged, he made his way to the far edge of the crane, where the chopper eventually picked him up.

The conditions were horrible for the men fighting the fire, – 25 degrees and snowing ….

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