The former Philipsburg commercial building on Pine and 11th streets, gutted by a fire in June, was scheduled for demolition Tuesday.
Overnight, it got a head start.
Monday, shortly before midnight, the upper section of the vacant building along Pine Street collapsed from wind and rain, spraying bricks onto the sidewalk and street and knocking out power in the neighborhood.
According to a Penelec representative on the scene, the collapse pulled power wires off utility poles. Power was restored on Pine Street and adjacent streets by about 5 a.m., the Penelec representative said.
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A Penelec spokesman said 809 customers, which includes homes and businesses, suffered through the outage.
Joel Watson, the borough manager, said he did not know of any businesses that were affected during operating hours.
“The power was back on at 5 a.m., so I can’t think of any businesses that would have been open at that time,” Watson said.
The building once was a sewing factory, part of the Charles Navasky and Co. clothing manufacturing group, and at another point in its history had contained batting cages for the local YMCA. On June 5, a fire consumed the roof, leaving the structure a shell.
Crews began tearing down the building Tuesday morning.