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GALLERY | Power restored to Paris Las Vegas, officials testing safety system

Some lights returning to Paris Las Vegas. Fire officials are testing fire safety system before allowing guests in. 11/03/16 (Christy Wilcox | KSNV)

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - Power at the Paris Hotel & Casino was fully restored at 10:15 p.m. Thursday night, according to Richard Broome with Caesars Entertainment.

Broome says the lights are on but they are testing the fire safety system. If guests are given the all clear Thursday night, they will be allowed back into Paris or stay in their new room/hotel.

The power outage began over 12 hours ago, Thursday morning, around 9:45 a.m.

Caesars Entertainment reports a main electrical line was accidentally cut by construction crews in the basement of the hotel which prevented backup generators from kicking on.

Guests staying at the hotel or preparing to check in was given different accommodations for the night. Rich Broome, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Caesars Entertainment said guests who left medications in their rooms were able to be escorted to retrieve those medications before being taken elsewhere to spend the evening.

According to Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell, "Eleven people from five different elevators were rescued by fire personnel."


Clark County Fire also said that 20 disabled customers were safely brought out of the building thanks to one operating service elevator.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the evacuations.

Early evacuations of the resort were ordered for safety concerns, according to Broome.

By 2:00 p.m. power was not restored to the resort, resulting in the evacuation of 3,000 remaining guests and employees from the hotel. Clark County reported that the additional evacuations were due to battery power running low on the building's existing fire alarm systems.

"The evacuation is being conducted in coordination with the hotel, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Fire personnel. Efforts continue to restore power to the property," said Stacey Welling with Clark County.

Caesars Entertainment confirmed that this is the largest power outage they've experienced at one of their properties.

Guests logged onto social media reported that while it took staff time to alert them to the evacuation plan when word reached them things were orderly and calm.

"I just spoke to the emergency guys and they told me there is no danger but also not to say how long the outage will take," said Erik Ploegmakers, a guest inside of the casino.

Guests were sent to Bally's and to Planet Hollywood while crews worked to restore power.

Temporary power was expected to return by 1:00 p.m. but Caesars Entertainment reported that it wasn't possible as the day went on.

During the early stages of the evacuation, employees were sent to Planet Hollywood as crews inside determined how to proceed.

Caesars Entertainment released the following statement about the outage:

After an unexpected outage, power at the Paris hotel is in the process of being restored. The Clark County Fire Department is currently conducting tests of the fire life safety systems which is expected to take approximately two hours.

Once that test has been successfully completed, guests who have already checked into the hotel will be allowed to reenter the property. Additionally, guests can use their existing room keys to access their rooms, new keys should not be necessary. Guests who were not able to check in today are asked to remain at their reassigned locations until tomorrow morning.

We want to again apologize to our guests who were inconvenienced during this unforeseen event, and let them know that we greatly appreciate their patience as we work to resolve this problem.

In order to allow for an orderly re-entry into the property, media are asked to stay at the current staging location and not to enter the property once it reopens.

Additional details will be provided at the 6 a.m. press briefing.





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