February 20, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch
LEMAY - Firefighters battled a small fire in the restaurant at the River City Casino this morning. The fire was extinguished within a half-hour, and the casino was running again within 90 minutes.
Authorities say no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but a casino spokeswoman said it might have started in an oven flue.
According to dispatchers, the fire was reported on the roof before 9:30 a.m., and smoke was seen on the north end of the building. At 9:45 a.m., crews had extinguished a fire in the kitchen but said fire was still coming through the roof.
By 10 a.m., officials at the scene said the fire was out, although there was still some smoke showing.
The River City Casino is between South Broadway and the Mississippi River just south of the city limits.
LeAnn McCarthy of the Missouri Gaming Commission said everyone on the casino floor was evacuated at 9:30 a.m. The casino was back in business by 11 a.m.
The casino and the Missouri Highway Patrol officers who work at the casino made sure everyone was evacuated safely and that the machines were secured, McCarthy said. A security officer at the casino declined comment.
The Lemay Fire Protection District is the lead agency, but St. Louis city also sent some equipment to help fight the fire.
It wasn't immediately clear how many people were in the casino when the fire began.
Candice Coleman, a spokeswoman for the casino, said, "It was a very small fire that occurred in the Great Food Exposition. The situation was quickly contained."
She said the casino's biggest priority was the safety of the people inside.
She said the hotel was not evacuated.
The River City Casino reported that its adjusted gross receipts for the month of January were $15,643,351, according to the Missouri Gaming Commission.
The number of admissions on the five Thursdays last month went ranged from a low of 8,733 admissions on Jan. 2 to a high of 14,606 admissions on Jan. 30. The adjusted gross receipts for those days were $271,519 and $469,313, respectively.
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