04/29/2014 7:26PM

Suffolk Downs backstretch fire contained

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EAST BOSTON, MASS. - Firefighters from four nearby departments continued to battle a three-alarm blaze that broke out in the track kitchen on the backside of Suffolk Downs on Tuesday evening, but no humans or horses were injured.

As of 8:45 p.m., the fire was still burning but had been contained to the kitchen. The blaze, broke out shortly after 6 p.m. and about 30 horses in an adjacent barn were evacuated immediately to other barns.

When contacted by Daily Racing Form, a  spokesperson for the City of  Revere Fire Department said that firefighters would be on site all night and there would be no statement at this time The stable area is located on the Revere side of the racetrack grounds.

“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," said Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs chief operating officer. "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. We anticipate we will open on Saturday as scheduled and will confer with Revere Public Safety officials."

The fire and blinding, heavy smoke were fueled by strong winds that Boston meteorologists pegged at 17 to 20 mph and were coming in off the Atlantic Ocean from the Northeast, making the job of firefighters more difficult.

On Tuesday, there were 400 horses on the backside. Suffolk Downs is set to open for the season Saturday for live racing and the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby.

Gregg Rose More than 1 year ago
I agree that it was an accident, I find it ironic that on this site people are hoping that people who are AGAINST the Revere casino didn't set the fire, whil on too many others complete jackasses are blaming Mohegan Sun and managment of Suffolk Downs for starting it because "they know they won't get a casino, so they might as well get the insurance" Always nice to know there are smart people in the world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an accident I'm sure that was caused by no means of human hands or unscrupulous people. I take offense to the previous comment and it's reply. What do they think the people in Revere are? Revere is a wonderful city and the people of Revere all put their pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of the world. How disgraceful of the previous commenters to suggest or even think that Revere or the people in Revere or any other surrounding city would be responsible for this mishap. Shame on you.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
ever heard of alydar
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
I hope this was accidental and not set by someone who doesn't want Revere to get the gaming license. It's been so contentious and the timing is so suspiciously coincidental one can't help but wonder
martymar . More than 1 year ago
I was about to say the same thing way too many unscrupulous people in this world