SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) — Workers cleaned up bricks and debris that fell onto the sidewalk of Sharpsville Avenue in Sharon, the result of a partial collapse of the façade at the old Westinghouse Electric plant.
About 25 feet of brick façade came crashing down just before noon Wednesday, according to Sharon Fire Chief Bob Fiscus. The fire department closed one lane of Sharpsville Avenue near Morton Street for a few hours Wednesday afternoon, and a portion of the sidewalk where the bricks fell remains taped off as a cautionary procedure, Fiscus said.
The building, which operated under Westinghouse Electric from 1922 to 1985, is owned by Winner International.
Jack Campbell, the company’s vice president, said workers first saw the façade collapse when they were breaking for lunch. Campbell said the building is safe, and the portion of the façade that collapsed Wednesday was not near where offices are occupied at the 50-acre complex.
Campbell said the company was already planning renovation work on the building this spring, and they will rebuild the portion of the façade as part of that work.