Workers are using a derrick to remove the damaged crane that partially collapsed onto another building across the street, injuring 12 people.
As CBS New York's Alice Gainer reported live at noon, police were directing traffic and had one lane of 41st Street closed between 10th and Ninth avenues.
FDNY officials said the fire started while workers were lifting 16 tons of concrete on the 45th floor of a building under construction on 10th Avenue. The crane operator tried putting the fire himself, but couldn't. He escaped just before it collapsed.
When the crane toppled, it also took out a chunk of a high-rise apartment complex across the street, leaving broken pieces of metal strewn across 10h Ave.
More than 200 first responders were already on their way to the fire. Some extinguished it from across six lanes of traffic, while others evacuated the surrounding buildings.
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Building inspectors told CBS New York they, Monadnock Construction, because of the crane fire.
The city says it's still investigating the cause of the fire, but the violation notice blames a hydraulic leak.
Monadnock sent CBS New York a statement saying safety is a top priority and it is working with the city to safely dismantle the crane.
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