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A stone panel fell from the People's Building on Wednesday afternoon, causing one lane of Lysle Boulevard to be closed Downtown.
No one was injured when the block fell at around 1 p.m. from the third-story corner of the so-called annex of the building, at the corner of Lysle Boulevard and Walnut Street.
McKeesport police, firefighters and ambulance rescue services responded to the scene.
The sidewalk near the building and part of one lane of Lysle Boulevard remained closed on Thursday.
Building owner Jonathan Stark, who is in the process of restoring the upper floors of the 1906 structure for potential tenants, said workers had been planning to repair portions of the facade that were damaged in the spring when a car crashed into the door.
"That wasn't the part (of the facade) we were concerned about," he said Wednesday.
Stark purchased the building in June. It had long been vacant.
High winds were moving through the Mon-Yough area at the time of the incident, but the reason that the panel fell was not immediately known.
Originally published November 28, 2019.