Two Long Island malls were partially evacuated Monday afternoon following a gas leak at one and a leaky roof at another.

Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove closed its Lifestyle Wing, which includes Payless, Starbucks and Sephora before the rest of the mall was closed by the Fire Marshall at about 4 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for the Simon-operated mall. She also said local media reports of a partial collapse of the mall’s roof were not true.

New York & Co. suffered the worst water damage. It’s unclear what time the mall will reopen Tuesday.

Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, which is also run by Indiana-based Simon, was partially evacuated as well after workers at a nearby construction site mistakenly ruptured a natural gas line, according to a Suffolk County police spokeswoman.


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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.