Lawrenceville homeowner says he heard rumble before home fell apart



PITTSBURGH - A Lawrenceville home not far from Children’s Hospital is falling apart, but the homeowner said he doesn’t want to leave.

“I’ve had better days,” said homeowner Dan Zaborowski.

Zaborowski said he was relaxing inside his Carlton Street home last Friday morning when he felt a rumble.  Cracks began to form on his kitchen wall, he said.

“I didn't know what was going on until I went down into the basement and saw that I had a view of the outside,” said Zaborowski.

He said the back of his home had shifted about a foot.

Later that night, Zaborowski said his front wall blew out.

Contractors came out the next morning to fix the wall.

The retired general contractor said of the coldest winters on record may have worsened an already unstable situation.

“I’m warm.  I’m dry.  I don’t want to be kicked out,” Zaborowski said.

Now that the house has been stabilized, an engineer told Channel 11 there are no immediate safety concerns but he would not go on the record about what he believes caused the problem.