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Fire Breaks Out at Encore Boston Harbour Casino

A small fire that broke out at the Encore Boston Harbor casino construction site in Everett, Massachusetts, was quickly extinguished on Sunday morning (August 5).

The fire broke out on the fourth-floor roof of the $2.5 billion casino at around 9:30 am.

According to Greg John, the executive director of brand marketing for the casino, the fire was ignited by sparks from welders working on the roof of the 22nd floor of an adjacent tower.

Chief Tony Carli revealed that the Everett Fire Department received a call about the fire shortly after it started but on-site workers had already extinguished it when they had arrived.

No injuries were reported, though the Everett Fire Department are currently investigating the small blaze.

Everette’s brand new casino

Speaking to the Boston Globe on Sunday evening, Greg John said: “It really wasn’t that big of a fire. This will have absolutely no impact on our opening.”

The hotel, formerly known as the Wynn Boston Harbor, was renamed in April this year as part of Wynn Resorts’ efforts to distance itself from founder Steve Wynn following allegations of sexual misconduct against employees.

According to the Wall Street Journal, dozens of people had come forward accusing Wynn of sexual misconduct including several former employees who claimed Wynn had demanded nude messages and sexual acts from them.

Elaine Wynn, Steve’s former wife, also accused him of coercing a manicurist employed at his Las Vegas resort into having sex with him in 2005. Wynn later paid her a $7.5 million settlement.

The Encore Boston Harbor is set to continue construction, with a planned opening date of June 24, 2019.