Investigators seek to ID source of Pechanga resort fire

Fire breaks out at Pechanga Resort Casino, causing injuries, evacuations

 

Last updated 6/4/2019 at 5:32pm

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A three-alarm fire that erupted Monday, June 3 inside an elevator shaft at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula left two people injured and prompted an evacuation.

UPDATE: June 4, 5:30 p.m.

TEMECULA - An investigation was continuing on Tuesday, June 4 into what sparked a fire in an elevator shaft at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula that triggered the hotel's evacuation a day earlier.

According to resort spokeswoman Tiffany Rodriguez, the Pechanga Tribal Fire Department was working with Cal Fire investigators to determine the source of Monday's three-alarm blaze.

The fire, which was reported shortly after 11 a.m. in an elevator portal located within the original tower of the expanded main complex at 45000 Pechanga Parkway, knocked out service to three of six elevators.

One person suffered an unspecified burn injury and was taken to Temecula Valley Hospital for treatment, according to reports from the scene.

Pechanga spokeswoman Ciara Green said the entire hotel was evacuated during the fire as a precaution and noted that "the incident was not near the casino.'' The fire was declared 100 percent contained about 1 p.m., and all guests at the 500-room hotel were able to return to their lodgings by evening.


Pechanga fire personnel were first to reach the scene and summoned assistance from Riverside County, Corona, March Air Reserve Base, Murrieta, Riverside and Soboba Reservation fire agencies.

Original Story

PECHANGA - A three-alarm fire that erupted Monday, June 3 inside an elevator shaft at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula left two people injured and prompted an evacuation of the sprawling hotel complex until it was fully contained nearly two hours later.

The blaze was reported shortly after 11 a.m. in the original hotel tower at the resort complex at 45000 Pechanga Parkway, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Pechanga spokeswoman Ciara Green told City News Service that the flames were confined to an elevator portal "in the original tower,'' which underwent a major expansion two years ago.

One person suffered an unspecified burn injury and another suffered

smoke inhalation. The burn victim was taken to Temecula Valley Hospital in

stable condition, according to reports from the scene.

"Out of an abundance of caution, team members and guests in the hotel tower were evacuated,'' Green said. "The incident was not near the casino.''

Pechanga Tribal Fire Department personnel were first to reach the scene and summoned assistance from the county, Corona, March Air Reserve Base, Murrieta, Riverside, and Soboba Reservation fire agencies.

The fire was declared 100 percent contained about 1 p.m.

There was no word on what triggered the blaze. A county fire battalion chief at the scene requested assistance from an arson investigator, but it was unclear whether that was in adherence to protocol, or because something suspicious was found where the blaze started.


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Fire department personnel leave the hotel lobby at Pechanga Resort Casino.

 

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