Thousands evacuated after power outage at Las Vegas hotel-casino


Repairs are underway after a power outage at Paris Las Vegas.

Clark County spokeswoman Stacey Welling says the entire hotel-casino lost power at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday when a contractor working in the basement cut into the main power line.

The outage prompted thousands to evacuate the building, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip.

No one was hurt, but Welling says fire crews had to rescue 11 people who were trapped in five different elevators.

Welling says guests were told to leave because the battery power was running low on the building’s fire alarm system. Most were being sent to neighboring hotels, including Bally’s and Planet Hollywood.

Jay Sarno of Santa Fe Springs, California told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he won more than $1,000 on a Keno machine just before the power went out.

He says the casino gave him a voucher to claim his money after power is restored.

Sarno says members of his traveling group had to walk up 18 flights of stairs in the dark to retrieve belongings before fire officials ushered them outside.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. executive vice president Rich Broome says full restoration of power is expected sometime Thursday, but was not sure when.

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