Employees Help Extinguish Electrical Fire at Hollywood Casino

Employees Help Extinguish Electrical Fire at Hollywood Casino

Gamblers are free to continue playing at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town races, after an electrical fire broke out Tuesday afternoon.
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Gamblers are free to continue playing at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town races, after an electrical fire broke out earlier Tuesday afternoon. 

The fire broke out in an electrical room on the first floor of the casino. It was held at bay by employees of the casino, and their fire extinguishers until firemen arrived on the scene.

"We encountered some smoke on the first floor near an electrical room," said Lonnie Lanham, the Fire Chief of Independent Fire Company. "Once they got inside the room we found a smouldering fire."

The fire company believe that battery packs used to power the casino's vacuum cleaners started the fire. They say the fire started on a metal shelf where the battery packs were stored.

"It was a metal rack within the room that houses all of their battery packs for their vacuum cleaners. And it was obvious and apparent that the fire started on that metal shelf," said Lanham.

"We lost some camera coverage, so we had to move some of our camera customers around, but no evacuation, no danger to the customers or employees," confirmed Al Britton, General Manager of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

Firefighters only evacuated the vicinity in which the fire broke out as it was contained. 

"We had multiple companies here to assist. We brought in a second alarm, which brought on four more additional companies. So there was a total of eight fire companies alerted. However, we scaled that back pretty quickly, once we determined that the fire was extinguished and we confirmed there was no fire extension throughout the building," said Lonnie Lanham, fire chief. 

Thanks to the quick thinking of the casino employees and the fire companies, no one was injured and the casino is back to business as usual.
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