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Roof Collapses At Duquesne Heights Home

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DUQUESNE HEIGHTS (KDKA) -- A roof collapsed at a Duquesne Heights home Thursday afternoon.

It happened just after 4:30 p.m. on Rutledge Street near Edith Street.

Crews had been working on a roof over a porch of a multi-unit home for several days.

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(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Dave Colabine)

At least two men were on ladders continuing their work when a large section of the brick facade came tumbling down, causing the roof to collapse.

"The workers were working on the upper part of the structure and the bricks started to give way, which compromised the whole three units with the bricks coming down and taking down power lines and burying the gas meter," fire captain Dino Abbott said. "The middle unit was unoccupied at the time. The first unit and the third unit [residents] were able to exit out the rear entrance."

Nobody was trapped at the time and nobody was seriously hurt.

Mary Beth Miller lives across the street and called 911.

"I came running out my back door and I saw [the collapse] and I saw the gentlemen coming down off the scaffolding," she said. "Oh, it was a loud crash. You knew it was significant."

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