Berkshire Mall reopens after shutdown amid fire alarm malfunction

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LANESBOROUGH — The Berkshire Mall was open for business on Friday, a day after being shut down over an issue with two fire alarms.

The Lanesborough Fire department ordered the mall closed on Thursday for safety reasons after it determined the alarms were malfunctioning, said general manager Jim Ruiz."If they're not working they're not safe,"  he said.

Ruiz did not know what caused the problem with the fire alarms, but he said Friday morning that the problem had been resolved. The Fire Department did not return a call seeking comment.

The Target store in the mall, which is not owned by Kohan's group, was not affected by Thursday's events.

"We just closed the door" that connects to the mall, said Evelyn Dekoninck, the store's general manager. Regal Cinemas also were not affected.

The Kohan group purchased the mall for $3.5 million in September 2016, but the shopping complex has been plagued by issues that have affected brick and mortar stores nationally and has lost all of its anchor tenants.



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