Sprinkler system off before casino fire

March 25, 2009 2:19:02 PM PDT
It turns out the sprinkler system of the Empress Casino in Joliet was disconnected when a fire broke out there last week.The fire destroyed part of the complex.

Inspectors have determined the sprinklers were shut down because of work being done on the system. In addition, the fire doors were also not working because of the massive renovation project.

The gaming area was not affected by the fire.

Investigators suspect a construction worker may have sparked the fire.