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Crane Topples Onto Roof of Fort Lauderdale House

No one injured after crane flips onto home while installing shed next door

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A crane fell onto the roof of a home in Fort Lauderdale Friday, causing damage but no injuries.

The incident was reported at a home in the 1900 block of Northeast 57th Street.

Footage showed the toppled crane resting on the home's roof, which was damaged in multiple places.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews and police responded to the scene just before noon.

Officials said the operator was installing a shed in the backyard of the home next door when either the stabilizer or the ground failed and the crane flipped on its side.

There were two dogs and three cats inside but all made it out safe. No injuries were reported.

Justin Riggs said he was housesitting for his mother, the owner of the home, who was on vacation when he had to deliver the bad news.

"My mom called me frantic, obviously she’s on vacation, she doesn’t wanna hear this, but it is reality unfortunately," Riggs said. "She is on the way home back now with the family, I told her to drive safe, obviously she’s not in the right mind right now."

RAW: Chopper footage shows rescue crews responding after a crane toppled on the roof of a house in Fort Lauderdale Friday.

The incident remains under investigation.

"Safety is our top priority here at On The Spot and we are very thankful nobody was injured. We have never had an accident prior to this one," the crane company said in a statement. "The customer advised that there was NO septic tank, thus making it safe to park in the driveway but there was in fact a septic tank. The ground became unstable. The outrigger sank where the septic tank is and the crane could no longer sustain itself."

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