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Clean-Up Starts After Partial Building Collapse

(Photo Credit: Greg Benedict/KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — At least part of a building may soon be demolished after a roof collapse Friday morning at a business in Brighton Heights.

It took a winter’s worth of melted snow and rain, but around 6:30 a.m., one too many snowflakes finally fell on 3212 Brighton Road. That’s when the collapse happened at Allegheny City Electric.

The air pressure from the roof coming down blew the front windows and electrical contracting components out.

“I would assume that it’s from rain water that built up on the roof,” said Rob Wojciechowski, who runs the business.

The front part of the building housed supplies that are, for now, off limits for recovery.

“It’s hard to put a dollar amount on it right now, but a lot,” Wojciechowski said. “There’s several thousands of dollars worth of electrical materials inside this front part.”

With bricks leaning precariously over the sidewalk and the walls of the structure bulging, the early word is the front part of the building will likely be razed.

The good news is the rear of the building has a reinforced roof and they will be able to operate as they normally would

There were no injuries in the collapse. Now, it’s a matter of cleaning up and counting up the cost.

“We’re going to have to see now what we’re going to do,” said Wojciechowski. “Hopefully, we can salvage some of the materials out of here when it’s all said and done, but right now it doesn’t look very safe to get into.”

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