NY mall reopens after concerns about roof collapse

Updated at: 02/12/2013 12:08 PM
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(AP) LAKE GROVE, N.Y. - A large New York mall has reopened after a leaking roof spurred worries of a possible roof collapse.

No one was injured when the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove was evacuated Monday. Smithtown Building Department Director John Bongino (bahn-JEE’-noh) says inspectors and fire marshals checked for damage Tuesday.

A mall spokeswoman says some stores will remain closed until further notice. But most of the mall, one of the biggest on New York’s Long Island, was open as of 12:45 p.m.

Leaks were reported in about a dozen stores after a heavy rain followed a weekend blizzard.

There have been several roof collapses in the region, including at a vacant store in Patchogue (PACH’-awg), a bowling alley and a home.

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