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Hospitality Industry Safety Update: “Rancho Mirage Hotel Evacuated Due to Gas Line Rupture”

“…Someone in the area reported the smell of natural gas and the building’s 24 units were evacuated and police, fire and the Gas Co. were all called, she said. Image The damage was done to an approximately 1-inch line, she said. The gas was shut off and once the area was deemed safe, the nearly 65 people evacuated to another area of the 360-acre resort were allowed back into their units…”

A natural gas line has been repaired and an evacuation order lifted at Westin Hills Golf Resort and Spa hotel at 71-333 Dinah Shore Drive.

Something hit the meter at time share building number 45 which broke the line, said Deborah McGarry, spokeswoman for Southern California Gas Co.

For more: http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/2014/04/06/westin-hills-golf-resort-spa-rancho-mirage-gas-line-rupture/7389275/



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Hospitality Industry Property Risks: Hawaii Restaurant Fire Caused By Leak From “Corroded Gas Line Fitting”; $25,000 In Fire And Water Damage

“…the fire was started by a gas leak at a fitting to a kitchen table, which had corroded, said Fire Captain Terry Restaurant FireSeelig, department spokesman…a worker, who was cleaning the kitchen after the restaurant had closed, was treated at the scene for burns to the front of his body before being taken to a burn center…”

A 43-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition Monday after he was burned while cleaning the kitchen of a ramen restaurant in the Mililani Town Center. The flash fire was ignited by a pilot light, which also activated the restaurant’s sprinkler system. The fire was brought under control by 10:30 p.m.

The fire and the water from the sprinkler system caused $25,000 worth of damage in the kitchen of New Genki Ramen at 95-1249 Meheula Parkway.

For more:  http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/193327801.html

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Hospitality Industry Property Risks: Hawaii Restaurant Kitchen Fire Caused By Gas Leak In Deep Fat Fryer; Flames Spread Through Ventilation System Resulting In $2.5 Million In Damage

“…the cause of the fire was an accidental gas leak to a deep fat fryer.  The cause of the leak is undetermined.  A pilot light in the appliance was the source of ignition for the leaking gas…the flames spread quickly through Restaurant Firethe ventilation system, creating a challenge for firefighters…”

Honolulu Fire Department investigators said the fire started in the kitchen of The Cheesecake Factory at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center just before 3:30am Friday.

Damage is estimated at $2,500,000.  This includes damage to the restaurant’s kitchen, exhaust duct and smoke damage to adjacent businesses in the shopping center.

A restaurant cleaning employee described hearing an explosion and tried putting out the fire with an extinguisher.

“The ducting system is designed to move cooking grease and smoke up to the roof where there’s penetration,” said Capt. Terry Seelig, HFD spokesman. Shocked employees watched helplessly as crews worked to contain the fire.

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Hospitality Industry Business Risks: Texas Hotel Loses Reservations After Gas Line Damaged By Woman In Stolen Vehicle; Thousands Of Dollars Lost As Property Was A “Crime Scene”

“…the gas company had to shut the gas off and hotel hot water boilers run on gas…(hotel) was without hot water for almost 12 hours and as a result lost 26 reservations…the woman who ran over the gas main will have business interruption insuranceto pay (hotel) back in restitution fees that could be assessed to her in court but that doesn’t mean it’s feasible…”

An Amarillo hotel is out thousands of dollars after it’s forced to shut off it’s gas while police investigate a crime scene on the property. Saturday, the Holiday Inn near I-40 and Ross had to shut off its gas after its gas main was run over by a woman who stole a van.

Normally, a business might turn to its insurance company for damages like these, but not in this case.

“According to our insurance company there was no liability for them because of the fact that it was a crime scene,” added Muse. “It if had been a gas company issue, a faulty main or something, then it would’ve been something we could go to out insurance company for.

“Most of the time, in order to collect stuff, they’ve got to be have the ability to pay for it. With fines, court costs, all of that, restitution, it’s a matter of do they have the ability to pay. So, assessing and collecting are two different things.”

Even if the defendant is able to pay, if they serve any time, probation or parole, it could be years before the person they owe sees any of that money.

“So, even if it’s assessed and could be collected, they could pay, it could be a long time before they actually pay it?” NewsChannel Ten asked Sims. “Correct,” he answered. “And, like I said, probation is like an interest free loan.”

“It looks like we’re just going to be eating the loss,” said Muse.

Muse says he’s fortunate his hotel is older and more established, otherwise this blow to the business’ wallet would’ve hurt them a lot worse.

For more:  http://www.newschannel10.com/story/20609001/crime-scene-investigation-costs-amarillo-hotel

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Hospitality Industry Safety Risks: California Hotel Faces “Negligence Lawsuit” Over Carbon Monoxide Leak From Hotel Pool Boiler

“…(the plaintiff) was a guest at the time of the evacuation, which was believed to be caused by a boiler leak…claims the hotel was not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors resulted in exposing paying guests to hotel Carbon Monoxide Poisoninghazardous levels of the gas… he’s claiming negligence and requesting the hotel cover costs of general damages, medical bills, potential loss of revenue and legal fees…”

A carbon monoxide leak that prompted the evacuation of the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport hotel in Burlingame in November prompted a lawsuit from a guest who was staying at the hotel. On Friday, a lawsuit was filed against the hotel on behalf of Robert and Diane McNamara by San Francisco-based attorney Richard Schoenberger.

Firefighters were called to the hotel at 150 Anza Blvd. to test its air quality and evacuate guests around 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, according to news reports at the time.

The carbon monoxide was traced to a boiler that feeds the hotel pool and a spa, Central County Fire Chief Don Dornell said at the time. The unit was immediately shut down, and carbon monoxide levels dissipated, he said. At the time, it was reported that there were no injuries nor was treatment required of anyone. Guests were able to return to their rooms shortly after 5 a.m. Crews remained at the hotel monitoring the air throughout the morning.

For more:  http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=1761499&title=Carbon%20monoxide%20leak%20at%20hotel%20sparks%20lawsuit

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Hospitality Industry Property Risks: Texas Restaurant “Natural Gas Fire” Caused By Faulty Water Heater; Damage Estimated At $15,000

“…When firefighters got to the scene, the cook there told them that he heard the hot water heater pop and Restaurant Firethat’s when they saw the fire… Crews immediately evacuated the restaurant and the surrounding businesses, but they also had to cut the gas off before they could put out the fire, which was located in the restaurant’s mechanical room…”

Fire officials said a hot water heater is to blame for a natural gas fire at a Chinese restaurant on the city’s northwest side. The fire broke out at about 4:18 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Hunan Chinese Restaurant.

Fire officials said this natural gas fire caused about $15,000 worth of damage.

Nobody was hurt in the fire and the surrounding businesses opened back up later that Sunday.

For more:  http://www.ksat.com/news/Officials-Water-heater-causes-fire-at-Chinese-restaurant/-/478452/18116632/-/dt62eg/-/index.html

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Hospitality Industry Safety Risks: California Hotel Evacuated As “Carbon Monoxide” Gases From Malfunctioning Boiler Force Ventilation Of Building

A carbon monoxide alarm forced hundreds of guests out of their hotel rooms overnight at the Embassy Suites in Burlingame, near San Francisco International Airport. The hotel’s emergency alarms started sounding around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

Ralph Gallegos said he didn’t think much of it at first.”At first I thought someone had tripped the alarm,” he said. “About 15 minutes later the police department came on and said we had to evacuate the building.”

“I got out of bed thinking it was a prank and started looking around for some hoodlums so I could give ’em some grief,” said Jim Heller. “Then I looked out the window and saw first responders waving their flashlights at us, so I decided to evacuate.”

Between 400 and 500 people could be seen wrapped in blankets and curled up on benches outside the hotel, trying to get some sleep as emergency crews went in to test for carbon monoxide.

Investigators traced the poisonous gas to a malfunctioning boiler. Fire crews opened windows and doors in most of the hotel rooms to ventilate the building.

For more:  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/Hotel-Evacuated-for-Carbon-Monoxide-Gas-177864481.html

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