Firefighter escapes injury after ladder collapses on 3-story building

BOSTON — Officials say a firefighter who was standing on a telescoping ladder when it collapsed onto a three-story building in Boston suffered no serious injuries.

Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn says the firefighter was suspended about two feet above the building Wednesday night when the ladder buckled. He was able to safely climb out of the ladder’s bucket onto the roof.

Finn says it’s too early to know the cause of what he described as a “catastrophic failure” of the ladder truck.

He says the truck was a backup being used while another truck was repaired. It is about 13 years old, but he says it has had extensive maintenance.

The ladder was still leaning against the building late Wednesday. A crane was brought in to lower it to street level.

Credit: NY Post

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