Basement fire prompts evacuation of Pittsburgh high-rise


Source: Pittsburgh Public Safety Twitter account (@ PghPublicSafety)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fire crews have been battling a fire in a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise that prompted evacuation of the building, but no injuries were immediately reported.

Pittsburgh public safety officials said the 9:30 a.m. Wednesday blaze was contained to the basement of the 44-story Gulf Tower, although smoke could be seen rising from the roof. Firefighters were going floor to floor of the 582-foot-tall building to evacuate any remaining occupants.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Twitter

The blaze cut power to half of the building, officials said. Public safety officials asked people to avoid the area.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Twitter

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