Monday, 20 May, 2019

Several streets in downtown Oklahoma City closed after incident at Devon Tower

Window washers trapped on swinging lift from building Windstorm Gives High Rise Window Washers a Harrowing Ride Twitter Courtesy of Oklahoma City Fire
Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2019, 17:03

The tower houses corporate offices for Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. As a safety precaution, employees and passersby are asked to avoid the area. The lift reportedly hit part of the building. "Firefighters are working to access this now".

The Oklahoma City Fire department said on Twitter that the basket was secured as of 8:25 a.m., and the two window washers were safe by 8:49 a.m. "Injuries unknown at this point".

Two people, who were believed to be window washers, were on the lift when it came loose and started swinging, according to the report.

Both were examined by paramedics and refused medical treatment.

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According to fire officials, the cradle is attached to a crane.

"This is a very risky situation", the Oklahoma City Fire Department said in a statement. It's unknown what caused the unsafe incident.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured.

Firefighters on the scene managed to get the crane to center and lower the arm "just a bit", allowing them to throw ropes out to the two men. "It wasn't luck. They knew what they were doing and they implemented their plan perfectly", Walker said at the news conference.