Century Casino evacuated after trashcan fire in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Published: Dec. 18, 2019 at 6:37 AM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A fire at the Century Casino, formerly Isle Casino, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri caused the building to be evacuated.

It happened early Wednesday morning on Dec. 18 at 777 N. Main St.

Chief Travis Hollis said crews were called out just before 3 a.m.

When officials got to the scene the building was being evacuated. They smelled smoke in the front lobby.

Firefighters found the source of the smell in the men’s restroom in the front lobby. Officials said a small fire was in a trashcan.

This activated the building’s sprinklers.

Hollis the building only suffered water damage.

The sprinkler system puts out around 13 gallons of water each minute.

Hollis said without the system, the situation could have been much worse.

The fire was contained within minutes after firefighters got to the scene.

The incident is under investigation.

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