GREAT VIDEO | Crane Operator Saved By Helicopter

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

KINGSTON, Ont. (CBS) -- A crane operator who was stranded above a massive fire in Kingston, Ont., has been lifted to safety by helicopter in a dramatic rescue.

A rescue helicopter from arrived at the scene streets before 4 p.m. Tuesday to reach the worker, who was trapped high in the air while fire crews put out a blaze below. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The fire started about 2:20 p.m. ET at the site of a student housing building under construction near the downtown campus of Queens University. A building near the student housing building also caught on fire, police confirmed.

They are also concerned about a nearby Howard Johnson hotel and a gas station near the site of the blaze. The building was vacant when it was engulfed by flames, police said.

Police warned people to stay clear of several blocks while firefighters worked to put out the blaze. Residents reported hearing loud explosions and feared a potential propane gas leak.

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