A three-alarm fire broke out Tuesday in the horse stable area at the Suffolk Downs racetrack in Revere.
Suffolk Downs’ chief operating officer, Chip Tuttle, said that the blaze had been contained to a single building housing the track kitchen and recreation hall.
Tuttle said horses were inside several barns as close as 25 feet from the building that burned, but grooms and stable hands were able to move them to other barns for their safety and none was injured.
Tuttle said the Revere Fire Department had not yet pinpointed the origin of the fire, but it was looking at kitchen equipment as a possible cause.
Revere Fire Chief Gene Dohertysaid at the scene that the building’s roof had collapsed in two or three spots and that the fire’s cause is under investigation. Doherty said two firefighters suffered minor injuries, but no one was taken to the hospital.
The fire will probably not affect the track’s racing season, set to begin this weekend, Tuttle said.
“We think we’re going to be able to proceed on Saturday, but we want to make sure we do a thorough assessment with the [fire] chief and with other public safety officials,” he said.
Asked about any effect from the fire on a proposal by Mohegan Sun to build a casino at Suffolk Downs, Tuttle said, “None that I can foresee.”
From Washburn Avenue, smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the building shortly before 7 p.m., as firefighters atop two aerial ladders attempted to douse the fire.
Though the evening was breezy and cold, Gail Miller, an East Boston resident, said after one outburst of flames: “That doesn’t look good. Thank God, it isn’t windier than it is.”
Rod Burrow of Revere said he went inside the fence and got within 10 feet of the burning building. He said he saw fire crews from Revere, Malden, Lynn, and Boston at the scene.
He said he saw horse trainers inside the stables, comforting the horses.
Burrow said flights leaving Logan International Airport appeared to be avoiding the airspace above the track.
“I’ve been noticing the planes flying overhead,” he said. “They were diverting left and right. . . . Usually, this is their flight path, straight over.”
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