Propane Leak the Cause of Fortune Bay Resort Casino Evacuation

TOWER, Minn. – Fortune Bay Resort Casino was evacuated Tuesday evening due to a propane leak.

Several area law enforcement agencies and fire departments were called to the scene around 6 p.m.

As a safety precaution, the entire Fortune Bay property, along with homes within a one-mile radius were evacuated.

“We just wanted to take all the necessary precautions,” said Fortune Bay CEO Rick Anderson.

Once the leak was reported, all 174 resort guests and those in the casino, another 130, were directed outside by Fortune Bay personnel and area law enforcement agencies. Those staying in the resort were transported to the Y Store on Highway 169, four miles away from the property. Calls were made for guests to area lodging properties in case overnight lodging was needed.

As of 7:35 p.m., Fortune Bay management was waiting for Ferrell Gas out of Virginia to arrive on property to work on the propane leak. The all clear was given shortly before 8 p.m. and resort guests were allowed back just after 8:15 p.m. The casino reopened at 10 p.m.

Anderson states, “From what I understand, there was a crack at the emergency shut off valve, so we couldn’t shut it off.”

Repairs are expected Wednesday afternoon. All guests were given a complimentary stay for Tuesday, as well as free pizza and breakfast buffet Wednesday morning.

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