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PITTSBURGH – Authorities say a multi-story building on the South Side of Pittsburgh that was built at least 141 years ago is being demolished for safety reasons after a massive fire and partial collapse.

“After a partial collapse, the structure is considered structurally imperfect.” Pittsburgh public safety officials said in a Twitter post on Tuesday. “The building is now to be demolished.”

The fire brigade fought for hours on Monday to contain the fire, which was reported around 2:30 p.m. and flames and smoke poured out of the building. At one point, the side of the building facing 11th Street collapsed, dousing the streets with brick, glass and other materials. Nobody was injured. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the first floor of the three-and-a-half story building houses a barber shop and the South Side Welcome Center, which is home to the region’s Chamber of Commerce, with residential units above. The building dates from between 1860 and 1879, according to a historical study conducted in 1981 by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.

The American Red Cross said it will provide resources and immediate assistance to six homeless people including food, shelter and clothing.

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