Casino patron Bob Bennet of Joliet said the evacuation was announced over a public-address system. "They told us we had to evacuate because there was a small fire," Bennet told The (Joliet) Herald A Cook County judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the owners of a Joliet casino seeking damages against a kitchen exhaust-cleaning company they say was the proximate cause of a 2009 fire that destroyed part of the casino.The former Empress Casino in Joliet caught fire when a welder began welding new ductwork to an existing duct in the casino’s kitchen. Joliet Hollywood Casino Parking Deck Break-In: Forfeiture - Joliet, IL - A Joliet woman who was not charged in the car burglary may still lose her Hyundai XG350 anyway. Here's why. One day after a massive fire damaged a section of the Empress Casino in Joliet, officials on Saturday said they didn't know how long the facility would be closed or how the local community would March 20, 2009 (JOLIET, Ill.) For pictures of the Joliet fire from Chopper 7 HD click here VIDEO: Initial Report - Fire at Joliet casino VIDEO: Empress Casino fire news conference Hours earlier, downtown Joliet's Harrah's casino, normally a hub of daily activity, was reduced to an empty valet parking lot. Harrah's large parking decks were practically empty as well.
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