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City officials blame the smoking ban and recession. Casino fire major blow to local economy The fire at the Empress Casino is a big blow to the local economy. Throughout the afternoon, flames consumed the complex. Experts said with a fire of this magnitude, gaming equipment is sure to suffer and delay any reopening of the complex. About customers and staff people were able to get out quickly as part of an orderly evacuation. Management here isn't convinced there will be a huge jump in attendance because of the fire. The fire will have a significant impact on the economy in Joliet, as the casino is one of the city's major employers, with roughly workers. Ultimately, they're worried the fire will halt tax revenue, dent their budget and force layoffs. The building that caught fire is located in the southwest corner of the Empress pavilion at Empress Drive, just off U. Chicago AccuWeather: Sunny, warm Sunday. It shut down the gambling floor and forced the evacuation of hundreds of gamblers and workers. Peaceful protesters fill Chicago streets to call for end to police brutality. That money is used for many things including employee salaries, infrastructure, neighborhood improvement programs and the city is in a financial crisis like many other communities are across the country," said Kevin Hegarty, Joliet city spokesperson. It's his night off. We had firefighters on the inside…with the roof coming in, we couldn't risk keeping people inside," said Chief Joe Formhals of the Joliet Fire Department earlier Friday afternoon. Freeman dies at age Couple feels it's their duty to bring young son to Union Park demonstration. Chicago roads closed, bridges raised for 2nd weekend of protests. Harrah's is another, located in downtown Joliet. BBQ restaurant owner's shooting raises questions on police tactics.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Heavy fire damage at Empress Casino in Joliet Two people hospitalized. The casino provides more than jobs and it was a big money maker too. Authorities say the fire might have been started by a welder's spark that hit some grease in the kitchen area of the facility. Full Story. Local News. Weather Traffic U. Most of the firefighters in Joliet and some neighboring areas had been deployed to the scene when the blaze broke out, according to officials. I've worked there for 10 years and the way things are with jobs nowadays, it's a scary for everybody, even scarier now," said Garrett Allen, Empress Casino employee. The fire broke out at approximately 10 a. The bartender is worried his job there is in jeopardy after the devastating fire. Follow Us:. Garrett Allen settles in to a nice dinner out with his family. Firefighters arriving on the scene thought they had the situation under control initially, but the fire kept moving horizontally in the vaulted ceilings, and there just wasn't enough water to stay ahead of the fire. Casino management and Joliet fire officials said the fire began in the kitchen area of a space under renovation. Chicago houses of worship cleared to open doors to 50 people or less. Eighty-five percent of Joliet's workers are in a union, like the city's police force. The reality is, though, we will do everything in our power to get this thing opened up, get those employees back to work as quickly as we possibly can," said Empress Casino General Manager Frank Quigley. Man charged with murder, carjacking in police chase that led to fatal Lakeview crash. So, it's going to be important for the equipment to be evaluated to make sure there's not any long-lasting effects," said consulting engineer Bob Kerbins. Currently, unemployment in Joliet stands at Casino fire major blow to local economy. Second City CEO steps down amid claims of racism at theater. Right now, city officials are working with six different unions, trying to cut costs. Station Info. Legendary TSU debate coach Dr. Together, the casinos bring in millions for the city. Chicago health and safety coronavirus resources. Empress is not the only casino. Chicago businesses uplift one another in aftermath of looting. In addition to those jobs, the fire is also a financial blow for the city of Joliet. And although, gamblers dropped by Harrah's on Friday night. The casino's tax revenue is 6 percent of the city's yearly budget. But Allen says he'd rather be working at the Empress Casino. The Empress Casino employs more than employees - and casino officials are not sure when they may re-open. Two people were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening. As for Garrett Allen, he's ready to do what it takes to get the Empress up and running, even if it includes volunteering to help. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Fire and thick black smoke rose from a building at the Empress Casino in Joliet most of the day Friday.