Officials: Construction crane fire being investigated as arson
Officials believe a construction crane in Ypsilanti Township that was destroyed by a fire Wednesday night was the work of an arsonist.
The crane was helping to rebuild the Ford Boulevard Bridge.
Flames were reaching 20 feet in the air when firefighters arrived at 9:13 p.m., said Ypsilanti Township fire Lt. Keith Harr.
The crane's engine compartment was fully involved. The crane was located on Ford Boulevard right where the new bridge is being connected with the old road, Harr said.
The crane is believed to be valued at about $1 million. Rebuilding the bridge is a Washtenaw County Road Commission project and the crane belonged to a contractor hired to do the work, Harr said.
The damage to the crane was "significant," he added.
A man was arrested in the area after firefighters extinguished the fire. "They believe he was connected with the arson," Harr said.
Details about the arrest were not immediately available. Police could not be reached Thursday evening.
Harr said the incident remains under investigation.
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