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Shadyside high-rise fire forces evacuation

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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
A firefighter looks out the window of a ninth-floor apartment in Cathedral Mansions Apartments along Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside after a fire caused the building to be evacuated Saturday, June 4, 2016.
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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
People wait outside Cathedral Mansion Apartments along Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside after a fire in a ninth-floor apartment caused the building to be evacuated Saturday, June 4, 2016.
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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
People wait outside Cathedral Mansions Apartments along Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside after a fire in a ninth-floor apartment caused the building to be evacuated Saturday, June 4, 2016.

A fire at a Shadyside high-rise forced the evacuation of the building Saturday morning.

Firefighters found flames and smoke in an apartment on the top floor of the nine-story Cathedral Mansions Apartments at 4716 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Emily Shaffer said.

One man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, she said.

Fire Chief Roy McDonald said the man, a tenant, was later taken to a hospital.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation. It started just before 9 a.m. and was under control about 30 minutes later.

Shaffer said the fire was contained to one apartment, though other units sustained minor smoke damage.

Maggie Marquette, who identified herself as the daughter of the building’s co-owner, said residents were let back into the building about 2 12 hours after the blaze started.

The 200-unit building opened in 1929 and is home to a number of college students, she said, so it is not at capacity this summer.

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