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Businesses in Monroeville building ruled unsafe, closed after reports they 'looked slanted'

| Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, 4:02 p.m.
This state store in Monroeville was closed Dec. 12, reopened, and now is shut down for good because it is on unstable ground caused by a compromised mine.
Dillon Carr | Tribune-Review
This state store in Monroeville was closed Dec. 12, reopened, and now is shut down for good because it is on unstable ground caused by a compromised mine.
Sign in the window of the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store on Northern Pike in Monroeville warn of unstable ground below it.
Dillon Carr | Tribune-Review
Sign in the window of the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store on Northern Pike in Monroeville warn of unstable ground below it.

Two businesses along Northern Pike reopened after being closed due to mine subsidence Monday.

Fine Wine and Good Spirits opened its doors again on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened Tuesday. It was unclear how it was determined the stores were safe to reopen.

A call to Dr. Aaron Valasek, who owns the dentistry practice in the shopping plaza, was not returned Wednesday. Monroeville businesses along Northern Pike were deemed unsafe and closed Monday because they were found to be on unstable ground.

Police Chief Doug Cole said his department received a call at 11:33 a.m. that said the building housing a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store, Five Guys restaurant and dentist and orthodonist practices at 3845 Northern Pike “looked slanted.”

Monroeville building inspector Paul Hugus deemed the area unsafe because the ground was caving in or slowly sinking because of mines in the region. Danger signs were posted in windows and police tape was put up around the businesses after they were closed.

No other information about the problem was immediately available.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio. Dillon Carr contributed to this report.

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