Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course reopened for business on the night of Aug. 12, less than three hours after a small back-of-house fire forced the evacuation of all guests and employees at approximately 5 p.m. An earlier report appeared on the initial impact of the fire.
The fire was contained to a few cardboard boxes behind the banquet rooms on the casino’s fourth level. There were no guests on that floor at the time of the fire. Nearly all of the damage was smoke and water related.
“We appreciate the great response we got from the first responders from Grantville Volunteer Fire Company, and all of the other companies from the area that responded to the alarms,” said vice president and general manager Frank Quigley. “Our guests and employees also did a fantastic job in helping facilitate an orderly and safe evacuation. Although the fire was very small in nature, you can never be cautious enough with this kind of situation.”
After a complete inspection of the property, the casino floor reopened for business by 8 p.m. Live racing was canceled for the night, and some of the dining outlets were also closed but are scheduled to be ready for business Aug. 13.