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Headlines from the past: Crane tips while lifting safe into a Coquitlam home

In the same week, Coquitlam firefighters also had to help a boy remove his tongue from the opening of a pop can.
Coquitlam firefighters examine the scene where a crane tipped over while lifting a 1,800-pound safe into a home.

Stories from Tri-City News headlines of decades past is a recurring feature as the publication marks its 40th anniversary in 2024.

It kind of makes you wonder what the heck would someone be squirrelling away in their home that requires a 1,880-pound safe?

But that question was the furthest from firefighters’ minds when they responded to a crane that tipped over as it was hoisting the safe into a home on Hawser Avenue in Coquitlam.

Fire chief Doug Johnson said the crane’s arm had been overextended and bent when it lifted the crane over the roof of the house.

The tipped crane smashed a fence, but otherwise there was no damage estimate available.

That wasn’t the only unusual call Coquitlam firefighters attended that March week in 1993.

They were also sent to Panorama Ridge Elementary School when a student got his tongue stuck in the opening of a pop can.

Firefighters had to extricate his tongue from the can and treat him for minor lacerations to his mouth.

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