Engineers still assessing building fire damage

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MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — Some businesses are still waiting to re-open after a fire a couple of weeks ago.

It happened at the Shores Jewelry Store on Broadway Avenue.

City leaders still don’t know if the building will be torn down. They’re waiting on engineers to figure out what the impact of a demolition would be.

They’ve blocked off some of the sidewalk and street in front of the Shores building, and Luigi’s Restaurant next door is still closed. The owner says they’re not sure when they’ll be able to re-open. They had smoke and water damage, and there’s a big safety concern if anything happened while people were inside.

“I think a lot of it depends on what the structural engineers say, because you don’t want to get people in there and maybe a building collapses or something, but my concern is if you tear it down could it be a domino effect and then the other buildings start falling,” Mattoon Mayor Tim Gover said.

Firefighters say they believed Shores Jewelry is an anchor building. It’s because it was one of the tallest buildings on the block, and because the walls were built fairly thick.

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