Casino Workers Praised After Fire

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CLEVELAND — A small fire broke out inside Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The casino is under construction inside the Higbee Building downtown.

When firefighters got to the scene they found the workers had evacuated and were told the fire had already been extinguished.

Jennifer Kulczycki with Rock Gaming LLC said a box containing insulation located in a mechanical space on the buffet level, or basement, caught fire.

Cleveland Division of Fire spokesperson Larry Gray confirmed sparks from a welding project started the flames.

He also praised casino workers for following safety procedures during the emergency.

“They guys did a great job.  They have a deadline that they’re meeting. They’re doing a great job getting their work done and unfortunately things like this can sometimes occur.  When you are doing welding inside sparks will fly, and this situation did cause one of the boxes to ignite but it was contained to a small area, minimal, minimal damage and it was self extinguished by the guys who work here, so hats off to the construction workers,” Gray said.

The casino will conduct an internal investigation to determine how the fire started.

No one was hurt and there was no damage to the casino.

Firefighters had to close some downtown streets during rush hour in order to respond to the emergency.

It created gridlock for commuters but traffic returned to normal once the streets reopened a short time later.

The casino was scheduled to open the week of May 14.

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