|Cause of Water
Club fire uncertain as Borgata ponders any construction
Monday, September 24, 2007
Damage is visible
Monday from a Sunday fire at the Water Club tower
at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.
The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto 3:35 p.m.
Damage caused by a fire at a 43-story tower under
construction in Atlantic City at Borgata Hotel Casino
& Spa appears to have been limited to the outside
of the building, but it is still too early to say
whether the project will be delayed, officials said
Borgata had hoped to open the 800-room boutique-style
hotel in the first quarter of 2008. Construction experts
are assessing the extent of the damage and whether
the grand opening of the $400 million project, dubbed
"The Water Club," may have to be pushed
While we have been planning for an early 2008 opening,
it is too soon to know what impact this will have
on the development timeline, if any," Borgata
said in a statement.
Representatives of Borgata and parent company Boyd
Gaming Corp. said there was no fire damage to the
interior of the building. They were unsure, though,
whether smoke or water may have caused any damage
inside the structure.
Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause
of the blaze, which broke out about 7:45 a.m. Sunday
on the south side of the tower. The fire was brought
under control in about 20 minutes and there were no
injuries. The casino floor and hotel rooms in Borgata's
main section were not damaged.