SACRAMENTO — Two months after the Westfield Galleria in Roseville closed from a devastating fire, shoppers were again forced to evacuate Monday. This time, choral singers are to blame.
The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and several area congregations had prearranged a "flash mob" singing of the "Hallelujah Chorus" in the mall's food court.
But with thousands of people crowding the second-floor food court, the "random act of musical kindness" never got off the ground.
"It was so jammed with people that you could not even move," said Connie Santos, who hoped to enjoy the music, then shop.
There were no reports of injuries as the mall was peacefully evacuated starting about 6:45 p.m. The mall was scheduled to close at 11 p.m.
"Somebody reported hearing two pops that sounded like the floor was giving way and another said the floor was shifting," said Tom Dodaro, a Roseville Fire Department spokesman.
City engineers were on site inspecting the floors to test their structural integrity, fire officials said.
Westfield officials announced late Monday night that all Galleria stores would reopen at 8 a.m. today.
About 70 percent of the mall had reopened since the Oct. 21 police standoff and fire.
The entire mall had been closed for a week following the devastating blaze.
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