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None injured when bricks fall from Versailles office building

Michael DiVittorio | Daily News
Freezing and thawing is believed to be the cause of a partial collapse of a building in Versailles.

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Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 4:51 a.m.
 

A Versailles doctor is making house calls because the building in which his office is located partially collapsed on Thursday.

Dr. Rudolph Antoncic III said no one was injured when bricks fell from the front facade at 5301 Walnut St. around 1 p.m.

Antoncic said he, his wife and three patients were in his office at the time.

“I thought initially that someone had crashed into the building,” Antoncic said.

Authorities believe weather may have been the cause. Police, firefighters and EMS personnel responded.

Antoncic said the building's construction dates to before the Civil War. He believes water got into the mortar, flash froze, then thawed and pushed out the bricks.

“It could have really pummeled somebody,” Antoncic said.

Caution tape was placed around the building's perimeter, and the intersection of Walnut and Linden streets was closed. Duquesne Light has cut power to the building.

Antoncic said patients' medical records are electronic and can be accessed, and he has enough tools to treat patients outside the office.

“We can handle it,” he said. “I don't have all my eggs in one basket.”

Kisan Productions owns the building. It is uncertain when it will be restored.

“I think we'll recover quickly,” Antoncic said.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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