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A crane fell on an Edinburgh house Wednesday, temporarily forcing a woman to leave.

Workers were cutting down a tree at MA Metal, 216 N. Main St., next door to the house, when it fell into the extension arm of a crane being used at the construction site. The crane tipped over and fell onto a shed and the back of the house, according to owner Geraldine Giles.

The crane is about 40 to 50 feet tall and tipped over about 12:30 p.m.

No one was injured in the accident, but the resident in the house had to leave temporarily because the crane knocked out power to the home. The renter has medical issues and couldn’t stay in the home without air conditioning, Giles said.

“It scared her pretty bad. She was there, and I don’t know what part of the house, but she’s lucky she wasn’t in the bathroom because the tree is laying where the bathroom is on the back of the house,” Giles said.

An employee at MA Metal said workers were busy dealing with the accident and had no comment at the time.

The company, which does metal stamping and machining, is building an expansion to the south of its main building. Houses are located just to the south and on the east side of the street, while the town’s Irwin Park is north of the building.

Workers had been cutting down trees because they needed room to maneuver the crane around the new building, Giles said.

Edinburgh police took photos of the accident site, and Giles said she called her insurance company to look at the damage. The crane doesn’t look like it broke through the roof but did cause damage when it hit the house, she said.

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