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Fire escape fix needed before Oakland units can reopen

| Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh building inspectors closed two Oakland apartment buildings as planned Monday because of numerous fire and building code violations.

The buildings on McKee Place have unsafe fire escapes, said Dan Cipriani, the city's acting director of the Bureau of Building Inspection. The owner, Jason Cohen of Mt. Lebanon, is required to fix them if he wants the city to declare the 12-unit buildings fit for habitation.

The tenants, primarily University of Pittsburgh students, were told to find temporary lodging with help from Pitt's student housing service.

A third Cohen property, a 42-unit building on Parkview Avenue, can remain open because a faulty fire alarm system was fixed, Cipriani said.

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