Pioneer Supermarket remains closed after partial ceiling collapse on Cypress Avenue

The grocery store was evacuated when wet ceiling tiles began falling where part of the roof is sagging. (2/27/14)

THE BRONX - A Pioneer Supermarket in the borough will remain closed following a partial ceiling collapse. 

The Cypress Avenue grocery was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after wet ceiling tiles started falling inside the store where a section of the roof is visibly sagging. The entire block was also evacuated as precaution. 

The city's Building Department issued a vacate order for Pioneer, but says that another grocery store and a dry cleaner adjacent to the supermarket are structurally safe and able to resume business. 

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An insurance adjuster on the scene estimates the damage could reach $300,000. It's believed that heavy snow and ice on the roof is to blame. 

A Buildings Department spokesperson says that the owner of the market will hire a professional engineer to evaluate if the roof and building are stable, and determine all necessary repairs before the vacate order can be lifted.

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