Demolition crews bring down condemned Hill District home

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PITTSBURGH - Demolition crews worked quickly Wednesday to bring down a condemned Hill District house before it collapsed on its own.

Rhoda Christian told Channel 11 News she was afraid that her Cliff Street home was in danger because part of the condemned house on Cassett Street collapsed Tuesday night.

According to Christian, bricks and debris fell dangerously close to the back of her home. She said her porch and fence were damaged.

Christian said she believes heavy rain and the saturated ground are to blame.

“I was very afraid. I didn’t even stay in my house last night,” Christian said. “I was afraid the rest of the house was going to fall down and tear my house up.”

Crews said they started the demolition process last week, but rain caused a delay.

Paul Loy works with the City Building Inspections department and said demolition crews are rushing to take the rest of the house down.

“It was just one of those unfortunate things in an imperfect world,” Loy said.

According to Loy, the damage at Christian’s home will be paid for by the city of the contractor.