Former Resident, Business Reflects One Year After the Great Fire Historic South Building Was Destroyed – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s been a year since the terrible fire take down a historic building in the South.

“All I really remember is when the building fell. That’s the craziest part,” Joshua Perrone said Tuesday.

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Perrone is a barber at J’s Master Barbershop. The store is located on the first floor of the building, along with the South Chamber of Commerce. Six apartments are located above the business. All that remains now is an empty building on the corner of 11th Street and East Carson.

“I miss life here. I miss the city,” says Justin Bonno of his home of 17 years.


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Over the past year, he has found a new home, but the fire has taken away some things that can never be replaced.

“Photos, mementos, things from my childhood have been lost,” Bonno said.

He came in on Tuesday to order flowers for his cat. He never knew if the cat would make it or not.

“Some recover quickly, but some recover in my heart,” Bonno told KDKA.

Right down East Carson Street is the barbershop’s new location. It opened in late spring after losing everything.

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“I don’t think the owner, I don’t think any barber thinks we’re going to open as quickly as we do,” Perrone said.

He thanked the community and customers for giving the business a new home. He said they don’t know if they will be able to reopen after that day.

“Having a strong team is what makes it possible,” Perrone told KDKA.

The Southern Chamber of Commerce is still operating remotely. Commercial does not have a permanent home but hopes to find a new location soon.

“The building is gone, but the room is still here, and that’s what matters,” said Chamber President Tim Eggert.

While the three of them pushed forward, there was a part of them that was lost forever by the flames.

“It’s just a part of me living here,” Bonno said. “Living in this building, it’s my home.”

As for the vacant lot, KDKA asked Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus about it. He wasn’t sure about any future plans.

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Investigators allege Christian Ross, 25 confessed started the fire. He was arrested last May. He faces arson charges and will appear in court on March 10. Former Resident, Business Reflects One Year After the Great Fire Historic South Building Was Destroyed – CBS Pittsburgh


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