Crane operator rescued from massive fire 'retires'

Crane operator Adam Jastrzebski was plucked from the end of a 43-metre-high construction crane by a...

Crane operator Adam Jastrzebski was plucked from the end of a 43-metre-high construction crane by a helicopter crew during Tuesday's massive in Kingston, Ont. He is recovering at Kingston General Hospital after being burned. IAN MACALPINE/THE WHIG-STANDARD/QMI AGENCY

Ian MacAlpine, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

KINGSTON, Ont. -- The crane operator plucked from the end of a 43-metre-high construction crane by a military helicopter crew during Tuesday's massive fire is calling it quits.

“Oh, no, I'm retired from that,” Adam Jastrzebski said Wednesday.

Jastrzebski, 68, of London, Ont., spoke to QMI Agency in an exclusive interview from his bed at Kingston General Hospital about the harrowing 45 minutes he spent at the end of the 65-metre boom in freezing temperatures as the fire raged below.

Jastrzebski suffered burns to his back, buttocks and right hand, and is on pain killers.

He said the fire started small but there was a lot of smoke, too thick for him to safely climb down.

“I was waiting outside (the cab)," he said. "It was a little fire but so much smoke so I thought to myself I couldn't go down because I could get choking and fall down and kill myself.”


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