Empress Casino Fire

See pictures from the extra-alarm fire at Empress Casino in Joliet.

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Joliet firefighters battle a fire at the Empress Casino in Joliet, Illinois.Between 10:30 and 10:50 a.m., flames began to break through the roof and the smoke became heavy.
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The kitchen at the Empress Joliet Casino in Joliet, Illinois burns on Friday.
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Jean Young, of Chicago, covers her face from the smoke as she leaves the Empress Casino in Joliet, Illinois after a fire broke out in a kitchen area.
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The kitchen at the Empress Casino in Joliet, Illinois burns on Friday.
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Smoke and flames billows from the roof of the Empress Casino.
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Smoke billows from the Empress Casino.
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Viewer photo showing what the Empress Casino fire looked like from a distance.
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Fire broke out Friday at the Empress Casino in Joliet.
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These images were taken early on in the fire.
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Flames broke out in part the building that was under construction
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Fire crews were working it defensively, trying to keep it from spreading to the rest of the structure.
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Firefighters were on the roof, but they were quickly evacuated.
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Between 10:30 and 10:50 a.m., flames began to break through the roof and the smoke became heavier.
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Throughout the fight, smoke has alternated between light gray, which shows fire crews are getting to the hot spots, to thick black, an indication the flames are again gaining strength.
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Empress is one of 16 casinos around the country owned by Penn National Gaming, Inc. It has 50,000 square feet of gaming and 973 employees.
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About 300 people, employees and gamblers, were in the building when the fire broke out.
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Frank Quigley, the general manager, said the evacuation was orderly and everyone made it out safely. No injuries have been reported.
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