REVERE, Mass. (AP) – The chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs race track says there have been no injuries reported to people or horses in a kitchen building fire.
Chip Tuttle tells WBZ-AM that the three-alarm fire was being brought under control about two hours after it was reported at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Television news photos showed flames and smokes coming through the roof of one of several large, one-story buildings in the stable area.
Tuttle said no horses are kept in the building, and those in nearby barns were relocated as a precaution. Tuttle said that part of the facility has about 30 horse barns and service buildings.
He said he doesn’t expect any delay in Saturday’s opening of live thoroughbred racing season.
A statement from Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle on the fire in the track kitchen building:
“We want to thank the Revere Fire Department for the amazing work it did to contain the fire in the track kitchen building and to keep everyone safe. We also want to commend the quick thinking of the horsemen and women who moved the horses from the barns nearest the kitchen building to safety. There were no injuries to any barn workers or horses. We anticipate we will open on Saturday as scheduled and will confer with Revere Public Safety officials. “
Mohegan Sun has proposed building a resort casino on the Revere side of the property, which also extends into East Boston.