Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety
Public Information Office
Contact: Kevin R. Malone
1399 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, Nevada 89014
Office: (702) 486-1311 Pager: (702) 598-8926
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 2, 1999
NEWS FROM: State Fire Marshal 99-127
Nevada State Fire Marshals Office Says Incident Handled Properly
The Nevada State Fire Marshals Office in Pahrump has released the initial results of its investigation into the May 28th evacuation and closure of Terribles Lakeside Casino.
Deputy Fire Marshal Tony Capucci says the incident was professionally handled by Pahrump Emergency Response crews and Lakeside employees. Crews initially could not determine the source of noxious fumes in the casinos main electrical system. The evacuation was the proper response to an unknown situation and assured that the public and staff were not placed at any risk.
Capuccis investigation found a number of factors which contributed to the smell and gasses coming from the casinos underground electrical conduits:
The main wires supplying the casinos power were not of sufficient size to carry the electrical load of the facility.
The wire was made of aluminum and not copper, which is capable of carrying a higher load.
The electrical load of the facility is high enough to require three sets of main wires, not the two sets installed.
These factors created an overload and extreme heat in the wiring, which in turn caused the wire insulation and PVC conduit pipe to begin smoking and giving off gasses.
This incident did not involve any type of chemical spill and there is no danger to the public or employees at the Lakeside Casino.
A proper new electrical service will be installed in a short time. Until it is completed, a large back-up generator is providing proper power to the casino. In addition, there is a second, smaller back-up generator which provides additional power to all life safety systems such as fire alarms, smoke detectors and the voice evacuation system.