Small Fire at Foxwoods Closes Three Hotel Floors

Four days after the fire at Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, a roof fire broke out at the 300-room Great Cedar Hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, marking a harrowing week for casino properties. Both the hotel and the adjacent casino were evacuated and no one was injured. Fire officials said the incident was caused by a malfunction in an electrical device used to keep pipes from freezing.

The fire was limited mostly to the hotel's exterior, but the hotel suffered water damage to its sixth, seventh, and eighth floors, said Foxwoods spokesman Saverio Mancini.

Those floors were still closed at press time, but the fourth and fifth floors reopened on Jan. 31. Guests were moved to other hotels on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation or to a hotel in nearby North Stonington.

Originally published February 11, 2008