Basement hearth prompts evacuation of the Pittsburgh State skyscraper

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Firefighters have fought a fire in a skyscraper in downtown Pittsburgh that resulted in the evacuation of the building. However, no injuries were reported immediately.

Pittsburgh public safety officials said the fire was contained in the basement of the 44-story Gulf Tower at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, despite smoke rising from the roof.

Firefighters walked from floor to floor of the 582 foot tall building to evacuate any remaining occupants. The flame cut power to half of the building, officials said.

Public security officials asked people to avoid the area.

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