Firefighters Battle Blaze, Partial Building Collapse in Pittsburgh

February 10, 2021

Fire and a partial collapse has demolished at least part of a multistory building on Pittsburgh’s South Side built at least 141 years ago.

Fire crews fought for hours to contain the blaze reported at about 2:30 p.m. that sent flames and smoke poured from the building. At one point, the side of the building facing 11th street collapsed, showring the streets with bricks, glass and other materials.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the first floor of the building houses a barber shop and the South Side Welcome Center, which is home to the South Side Chamber of Commerce. The other floors contain residential units.

Chief Darryl Jones of the Pittsburgh fire department said a team from the city’s permits, licenses and inspection department will determine whether the entire structure needs to be razed.

The Post-Gazette reports that the 31/2-story building was built sometime between 1860 and 1879, according to a historic survey done in 1981 by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. At that time, the Socialist Workers Party was based in the building, the paper said.

No injuries were immediately reported. The cause of the blaze wasn’t immediately clear.

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