Crane crashes through roof of North Smithfield home

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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are trying to determine what caused a crane to tip over and crash through the roof of a North Smithfield home.

Homeowner Jack Fandetti said he was with his wife inside their house on Pound Hill Road, when the crane crashed through their roof around 3 p.m.

According to Fandetti, the crane, owned by Mike’s Tree Service, had been removing trees from their backyard.

Fandetti said he heard a loud explosion, then he and his wife jumped behind their couch when the crane broke through their roof and into the same room they were standing in.

“It’s like someone threw a hand grenade through your family room and the wall just exploded,” Fandetti said. “We didn’t have a chance to really turn around and look because all we heard is the sound… you don’t have time to think. We just jumped.”

Officials said no one was injured in the incident. Crews removed the crane from the home about an hour after the crash.

Building inspectors were on scene assessing the damage to the house’s structure. Fandetti said he and his wife will stay in a hotel for the night until they figure out what their next move is.

The owner of Mike’s Tree Service said the crash was caused by an equipment failure, specifically a failure of the outrigger.

He said the crane is brand new and it was driven back to where they bought it in Massachusetts to be repaired.

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