PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A North Side woman’s living room is now covered in dust and pieces of plaster.
The woman invited KDKA’s Meghan Schiller to her apartment because she said her ceiling collapsed after complaining of problems for over a year.
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Francine Williams said hot sausages on the stove saved her life.
“If God hadn’t made me look up, that’s what would’ve hit me in the fucking head,” Williams said.
She took a tour of KDKA cameras in her Brighton Road apartment, pointing to another crack in the bedroom.
“That’s how it started in the living room,” said Williams.
She told KDKA that the living room ceiling collapsed on Thursday night, leaving her with only bits of plaster, dust and her frustration.
“I’ve been talking to you for over a year about this living room cap,” Williams said. “I can literally see through the crack now. You keep telling me it’s not a major maintenance issue. So what, do I have to wait for it to fall on me? And that’s exactly what happened.
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KDKA discovered that Birgo Realty owned the building. Willams, known to friends and family as Miss Franny, says her appeals about the crack in the ceiling have not resulted in a solution.
“Why would this have to happen to me in the first place if you all wanted to come and fix it?” ” she said.
Williams filed a complaint with the Pittsburgh Housing Authority. The authority told KDKA that it will now inspect the building and the apartment and will give Birgo Realty 30 days to resolve the issue.
If this is not corrected, the Pittsburgh Housing Authority has said it can withdraw the grant for the unit.
Birgo Realty moved Williams to another property on the north side while working on a fix.
A spokesperson for Birgo Realty sent KDKA the following statement:
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“Our hearts are with the resident in this very unfortunate circumstance. We are taking action to understand what has happened and to fix things. “