An investigation was continuing Tuesday into what sparked a fire in an elevator shaft at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula that triggered the hotel’s evacuation.
According to resort spokeswoman Tiffany Rodriguez, the Pechanga Tribal Fire Department was working with Cal Fire investigators to determine the source of Monday’s three-alarm blaze.
The fire, which was reported shortly after 11 a.m. in an elevator portal located within the original tower of the expanded main complex at 45000 Pechanga Parkway, knocked out service to three of six elevators.
One person suffered an unspecified burn injury and was taken to Temecula Valley Hospital for treatment, according to reports from the scene.
Pechanga spokeswoman Ciara Green said the entire hotel was evacuated during the fire as a precaution and noted that “the incident was not near the casino.” The fire was declared 100 percent contained about 1 p.m., and all guests at the 500-room hotel were able to return to their lodgings by evening.
Pechanga fire personnel were first to reach the scene and summoned assistance from Riverside County, Corona, March Air Reserve Base, Murrieta, Riverside and Soboba Reservation fire agencies.
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