MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — Three families have been displaced after their apartment building began to crumble.

It will be a month before they can return to their homes on Shaw Avenue. They are allowed to go inside to remove their belongings.

David Brown, the building’s owner, says the McKeesport building inspector told him the problem can be fixed.

“He told me that I need to get in touch with an engineer, come out to see how we can fix the problem,” Brown said. “I did have a couple people come out to assess it. I’m still taking contract bids, but right now, they [are looking at] anywhere from $8,000 to $12,000.”

Six adults and five children were evacuated Tuesday in a hurry and now they have to find somewhere else to live for at least a month.

Brown said he’s concerned about his tenants.

“We had the mayor of McKeesport on scene yesterday,” he said. “So, I’m hoping maybe he’ll reach out to some of the public housing out here and speed up their applications because I know a couple of them have already been on the waiting list … and now they’re homeless.”

Brown says he will get the required work done on the building.

More Local News
More McKeesport News
More Reports By Lynne Hayes-Freeland

More From CBS Pittsburgh

Get The All New CBS Local App
KDKA Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE