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Fire destroys Pro Bike + Run Monroeville inventory, closes location

Published May 26, 2021

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (BRAIN) — A four-alarm fire destroyed Pro Bike + Run's entire inventory of bikes and accessories at its Monroeville location Tuesday and closed the store indefinitely.

No employees or customers were injured in the afternoon fire.

"Seeing the interior pictures of the shop, I think it's pretty much a total write-off," Chuck Kininmonth, Pro Bike + Run sales manager, told BRAIN on Wednesday. "We had around 300 bikes in there and all accessories and running shoes, the whole nine yards."

Kininmonth, who was not at the shop when the fire started, said it's believed it originated in the second-floor utility room of the two-story prefab glass and steel building. He said it quickly spread outside to the shoe closet, up a wall where tire stock is stored, down to the plywood flooring, and then throughout the store.Photo credit: First Due Photography

"When I pulled up there yesterday, I counted 14 fire trucks," Kininmonth said. "The fire was out in an hour and a half. It went up really quick."

Eight employees and about a half-dozen customers were in the store at the time when smoke was noticed right before the fire alarm went off. Building inspectors will determine if the structure is safe to rebuild, Kininmonth said. Pro Bike + Run, which has four locations in the Pittsburgh area, shares the first floor with a GNC and AT&T store.

With the nearest location about 12 miles away, Kininmonth said plans are to open a temporary location nearby.

"The No. 1 good thing about it was we got everybody out of there, the employees and customers, and everybody's safe and sound," he said.

Photo credit: First Due Photography

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