Update Thursday morning — 

The Cayuga Mall has reopened Thursday the day after a partial roof collapse drew emergency responders to the area, according a Party City employee.

Below is our previous coverage of structural damage apparently caused by snow at a vacant storefront. There were no injuries in the incident.

Update Wednesday 9:10 a.m. —

A row of shops at the Cayuga Mall have been evacuated and closed Wednesday morning after a partial roof collapse at an empty storefront.

Lansing firefighters on scene said there were no apparent injuries. A structural engineer is going to evaluate the building where the roof collapse occurred and evaluate the conditions before anyone is allowed back inside.

Firefighters said the surrounding buildings were evacuated in part because of fears of a “domino effect” from the roof collapse. The vacant storefront is between Party City and C.W. Tae Kwon Do.

The Cayuga Mall is located on North Triphammer Road. Lansing Fire Chief Scott Purcell didn’t know how long the stores would be closed but said it could be most of the day.

“All the stores are closed,” to Jo Ann Fabrics and Big Lots, according to Purcell.

There was construction going on in the building this morning.

The roof collapse appears to have been caused by piles of snow, Purcell said.

We’ll continue to provide updates on this story.

Earlier —

Ithaca, N.Y. — Emergency responders are being called to the Cayuga Mall for a report of a “partial structure collapse,” according to the Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center.

The call came in a little after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. The reported partial structure collapse occurred next to Party City at the mall, according to dispatchers.

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Firefighters and police are being called to the scene.

There’s also a separate, serious accident in Tioga County, according to 911 dispatchers.

We will provide updates as we get them.


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Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.