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Pitcairn apartment building evacuated when concrete falls from exterior

| Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:37 p.m.
The Young Hotel, located at 368 Broadway Boulevard in Pitcairn, closed its doors until further notice on Saturday, July 26, due to unsafe structural conditions and caused the relocation of 30 residents. 14 of whom were relocated to  the Pitcairn Fire Hall with support from the Salvation Army and the American red Cross. They will be relocated to an alternative living space that the landlord of the Young Hotel, that Don Young said he will provide in Pitcairn.
Emily Harger | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Young Hotel, located at 368 Broadway Boulevard in Pitcairn, closed its doors until further notice on Saturday, July 26, due to unsafe structural conditions and caused the relocation of 30 residents. 14 of whom were relocated to the Pitcairn Fire Hall with support from the Salvation Army and the American red Cross. They will be relocated to an alternative living space that the landlord of the Young Hotel, that Don Young said he will provide in Pitcairn.
Don Santoriello , right, and Kristina Tharp, left, of the Salvation Army, prepare dinner at the Pitcairn Fire Hall for the relocated residents of the Young Hotel that had to be closed due to structural damage on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The 14 relocated residents that were housed at the fire hall will be moved to an alternative living space that the landlord of the Young Hotel, Don Young, will provide in Pitcairn.
Emily Harger | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Don Santoriello , right, and Kristina Tharp, left, of the Salvation Army, prepare dinner at the Pitcairn Fire Hall for the relocated residents of the Young Hotel that had to be closed due to structural damage on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The 14 relocated residents that were housed at the fire hall will be moved to an alternative living space that the landlord of the Young Hotel, Don Young, will provide in Pitcairn.
Pictured is the Pitcairn Fire Hall where 14 residents of the Young Hotel that s closed due to structural damage on Saturday, July 26, 2014 will be housed until they are moved to an alternative living space provided by the Young Hotel landlord, Don Young, in Pitcairn.
Emily Harger | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Pictured is the Pitcairn Fire Hall where 14 residents of the Young Hotel that s closed due to structural damage on Saturday, July 26, 2014 will be housed until they are moved to an alternative living space provided by the Young Hotel landlord, Don Young, in Pitcairn.

Residents of a Pitcairn apartment building that was evacuated when a portion of the exterior collapsed won't be allowed back in until borough officials grant permission, the borough's mayor said on Saturday.

“It will have to be inspected by borough engineers,” Mayor Betsy Stevick said.

The borough ordered about 30 residents of Young Hotel to leave the Broadway Boulevard building on Friday evening. Concrete fell from the exterior about 6 p.m., emergency dispatchers said.

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross housed 14 people through early Saturday evening in the borough's Fire Company No. 1 station on Center Avenue, spokesman Kevin Brown said, while other residents found alternate housing. The shelter was closed when building owner Don Young said he'd house residents in a nearby building that he owns in the borough.

Allegheny County's Department of Human Services was also working to place residents, Brown said.

Young was making repairs to the building on Saturday, and he said he hoped it could reopen on Monday if it passed an engineering inspection.

It's the second time in nearly two years that the building abruptly closed. In August 2012, an Allegheny County judge ordered the building evacuated because building inspectors said the hotel's alarm system wasn't working. Court records indicated repair work continued for nearly a month before borough officials were satisfied the building was safe.

Trib Total Media photographer Emily Harger contributed. Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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