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The fire started in the engine and quickly spread through the superstructure

February 23, 2016 

A tower crane jib came down at a site in the Prahran suburb of Melbourne, Australia today following a fire in the crane engine compartment.

The crane was working on site of the ‘The Parque’ apartments when the incident took place this afternoon. It is understood that the engine and surrounding hoses and wiring caught fire fire and quickly spread through the superstructure causing the jib pendant cable to fail and the jib to drop.

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At least 107 people died and more than 230 people were injured when a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The huge red crane crashed into a part of the Grand Mosque - the largest in the world - that was filled with worshippers at the time.

The head of Saudi Arabia's civil defence said strong winds and heavy rains had caused the collapse.

Mecca is currently preparing for the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to arrive in the Saudi city from all over the world later this month.

Severe storms and heavy rain caused the crane to fall, the directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense said via Twitter.
The Masjid al-Haram surrounds Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba -- a shrine that worshipers visit during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
Approximately 2 million people a year make the pilgrimage, which this year is due to begin around September 21.