Joliet's Empress Casino: Fire damages...

Joliet's Empress Casino: Fire damages entrance

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 20, 2009, titled Joliet's Empress Casino: Fire damages entrance. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A massive fire Friday destroyed much of the Egyptian-themed entrance building at the Empress Casino in Joliet , sending dark smoke that was visible for miles rising above the two towering pharaohs alongside the front door.

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Boomer

Mchenry, IL

#1 Mar 21, 2009
All the casino's can burn to the ground for all I care. Good riddance.
briank

Chicago, IL

#3 Mar 22, 2009
too bad it didn't all burn down! i hate how governments rely on tax money from businesses like this.
dolly

Lake In The Hills, IL

#4 Mar 22, 2009
Gee if you dont like to gamble or whatever it doesnt mean you have to wish bad luck on anything.I guess theres all different kind of sick people in this world.
Dave

United States

#5 Mar 22, 2009
Boomer wrote:
All the casino's can burn to the ground for all I care. Good riddance.
Boomer, you'll probably be the first one to complain when your taxes go way up, to make up for the lost revenue from the boats...people want it both ways.
joeschmoe

Plainfield, IL

#7 Mar 23, 2009
Where were the sprinklers???

I can't even do minor repairs to my building without the JFD getting their undies in a wad and telling me I have to retrofit everything to have sprinklers.
Looma

Johnston, RI

#8 Mar 23, 2009
joeschmoe: Where were the sprinklers indeed?

In all of the storied I've read/heard no one has mentioned whether there were sprinklers or not. This is relevant information. The presence of sprinklers may have prevented this fire loss and the interruption to 900 peoples jobs. To all the other's that don't like casinos, that's fine, but people are still out of work and 900+ families are affected. Compassion for others should come before you're polictical/religious opinions about gambling.
Sup

Downers Grove, IL

#9 Mar 23, 2009
I just can't understand how long it took to put this fire out. I mean like Looma mentioned the sprinklers would have stopped this fire so much faster.

I feel so bad for those employees. I mean this is just such a tragic thing for everyone there.

Now, my question is when they do rebuild will they pull the casio part off the barge since its now legal to be on land in IL? Harrahs is all in one building. So do you think Empress will do the same? They have the perfect chance now.

And who wants to bet the they are going to have people in that Casino by weeks end? They can clean that place up or just rearrange things around that barge. The say the casino floor has not been damaged at all. So it will be intresting to see.
Dave

Plainfield, IL

#10 Mar 23, 2009
You spelled "boom" in Economic Boom wrong, and Joliet is not Illinois 4th biggest city, it is the 3rd biggest.
candy man

Watseka, IL

#11 Mar 23, 2009
Some people go casinos, some people go to sporting events and other places to get entertained. Why is it a sin to gamble or idolize a baseball team? Go Cubs Casino!!!!!
Unknown

West Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 23, 2009
I just heard the employees were given full pay for up to 90 days. Seems like Penn Gaming knows how to take care of their employees. Its nice to hear something good for a change. Now we can stop worrying about the workers as they enjoy a long vacation.
Joseph

Tinley Park, IL

#13 Mar 25, 2009
I seen in the Herald News today that the fire was started by a welder, in the ceiling. Welding sparks ignited grease below him. Water and grease do not mix so I doubt sprinklers would have helped any. Water actually causes a grease/liquid fire to spread. They were actually performing work on the sprinkler system I gathered and that is why it was not temporarly shut off.
heyheyhey

Wilmington, IL

#14 Mar 25, 2009
Joseph wrote:
I seen in the Herald News today that the fire was started by a welder, in the ceiling. Welding sparks ignited grease below him. Water and grease do not mix so I doubt sprinklers would have helped any. Water actually causes a grease/liquid fire to spread. They were actually performing work on the sprinkler system I gathered and that is why it was not temporarly shut off.
I think you're spot on, Joseph. Sprinlkers would be down if additions were being made to a wet system, which this building most likely had.
As for grease fires, again correct. Look at the nozzles over the grill next time you're at a hot dog joint or other small place where the grill is visible. Those steel nozzles above are clean agent gas or some other dry type of suppression system. Water sprinklers on a grease fire could have had deadly consequences. See the video link below, and bear this in mind in the kitchen at your own homes as well. The British Fire Brigade put this commercial out as a public safety reminder in England.

http://www.videosift.com/video/Kitchen-Oil-Fi...

heyheyhey

Wilmington, IL

#15 Mar 25, 2009
That link is slow, try this one:

what

Morris, IL

#16 Mar 26, 2009
Unknown wrote:
I just heard the employees were given full pay for up to 90 days. Seems like Penn Gaming knows how to take care of their employees. Its nice to hear something good for a change. Now we can stop worrying about the workers as they enjoy a long vacation.
Of course they were! 99% of the employees there live on TIPS!!!!!!!!
They only make minimum wage on their paychecks!
Trust me- the gaming industry is not going to pay them any more then they have to.
What a freakin joke.
what

Morris, IL

#17 Mar 26, 2009
Joseph wrote:
I seen in the Herald News today that the fire was started by a welder, in the ceiling. Welding sparks ignited grease below him. Water and grease do not mix so I doubt sprinklers would have helped any. Water actually causes a grease/liquid fire to spread. They were actually performing work on the sprinkler system I gathered and that is why it was not temporarly shut off.
Yeah-part of that is true. However- it was started on grease in the kitchen- which should have had extinguishers nearby that are formulated to kill grease fires.....
think about it.
Unknown

United States

#18 Mar 27, 2009
TO: WHAT.....The salaried workers appear to be fine. You're right about the lower wage tip employees, however I did hear they are paying them 50% of their reported tips on top of their wages, so they are trying to take care of them in some way. With companies flat out reducing salaries and taking away benefits for their hard working empoloyees, it does show me Penn cares enough, and don't want to lose the work force they have. It's still more than they would get on unemployment.
Casino Worker

New Lenox, IL

#19 Mar 27, 2009
Yes, Penn is paying all employees up to 90 days. Tipped workers make more than min wage and will recieve 50% of reported tips. Plus all their insurance bennies remain in intact. Definatley more than unemployment and they still have jobs.
Not like AIG and a lot of those crappy wall street companies. Nice to see a company accountable and taking care of their people.
what

Morris, IL

#20 Mar 29, 2009
Casino Worker wrote:
Yes, Penn is paying all employees up to 90 days. Tipped workers make more than min wage and will recieve 50% of reported tips. Plus all their insurance bennies remain in intact.
You mean tipped employees make LESS then minimum wage.
yup

Van Nuys, CA

#21 Mar 29, 2009
This was an inside job. Bad times bring bad revenue. Why not burn it to restructure the image with insurance money.
Casino Worker

New Lenox, IL

#22 Mar 29, 2009
if they reported what they made they should be fine.

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