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Crane Operator Glen Edwards Heroically Saves Worker from Burning Building in Reading

In an extraordinary act of bravery, Glen Edwards, a 65-year-old crane operator, saved a worker from the roof of a burning £750 million office development in Reading. The incident, which unfolded at the One Station Hill development near Reading Station, saw Edwards skillfully maneuver a cage through dense smoke and intense flames to reach the imperiled worker.

Edwards, from Egham, Surrey, noticed the worker frantically waving his coat amidst the blaze. Battling against strong winds and limited visibility, he managed to lower a cabin onto the building’s top, enabling the worker to jump into the cage and be winched down to safety. This Hollywood-style rescue was met with huge cheers from the ground and was captured in a dramatic video that highlighted both Edwards’ operating skills and the life-threatening situation.

The Sir John McAlpine construction worker described the rescue as a ‘very close call,’ emphasizing the challenges posed by the swirling winds and flames. Despite these obstacles, his quick thinking and decisive action led to the successful rescue of the worker, who was one of only two people needing hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

The fire, which caused significant damage to the 16-storey building, including melted windows and scorched exteriors, is now contained. The cause of the fire remains unknown. This incident marks the second fire at the development within five months.

Witnesses, including a nearby carpenter, recounted the tense moments leading up to the rescue and the collective relief and applause as the worker was safely lowered to the ground. The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue, along with over 50 firefighters, responded to the emergency, highlighting the severity of the situation.

Glen Edwards’ modesty in the face of his heroic act underscores the extraordinary courage and quick thinking required in such life-threatening situations. His actions not only saved a life but also served as a shining example of selflessness and bravery.

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