Fire fighters unload their vehicles as they prepare to enter the Smith Haven Mall on Route 347 in Lake Grove, N.Y. on Monday, Feb.11 around 4:30 p.m. The fire fighters were responding to a call from the store New York & Company that had a leaky roof. More than 25 stores also reported leaking roofs. The entire mall was closed for the remainder of the night. Photo by Heather Khalifa.
Two fire fighters enter the Smith Haven Mall through the “Lifestyle Wing,” the entrance closest to New York & Company. Many districts reported to the scene, including fire fighters from neighboring towns, to help assess the damage and to evacuate the entire mall. Photo by Heather Khalifa.
Shoppers were forced to evacuate and leave the premises of the Smith Haven Mall late on Monday afternoon, after the reported roof leak at the New York & Company store. Emergency responders also evacuated for the night. Photo by Heather Khalifa.
Heather is a senior journalism major with a concentration in online journalism. She first joined The Statesman as a staff writer and later joined the multimedia section as an assistant multimedia editor. She hopes to become a foreign correspondent and pursue documentary video and photojournalism.