MASHANTUCKET CT. Jan 29 2008 -
Fire officials say that an alert casino security officer who noticed a fire burning in the roof line of the hotel probably prevented the fire from spreading and a major fire and property damage from occurring. Firefighters and police evacuated three floors of the Great Cedar Hotel at the Foxwoods Resort Casino this afternoon after a small fire broke out on the roof, a casino spokesman said.
No one was injured in the blaze, which firefighters extinguished within a half hour.
The hotel security officer noticed the fire at around noon on the corner of the roof above the VIP lounge, Saverio Mancini said. A 911 call was immediately place which dispatched multiple fire agencies, law enforcement, EMS and joint efforts prevented disaster.
Mashantucket Pequot fire fighters responded to the scene, along with fire fighters from Norwich, Mystic and Ledyard.
The 6th, 7th and 8th floors were evacuated as a precaution. Fire fighters are ripping up the roof to make sure they got all the fire, Mancini said.
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