California casino roof collapses, injuring more than a dozen
The Lucky Lady in Gardena wasn’t so lucky yesterday
Yesterday morning wasn’t the best of times for a number of patrons at the Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena, CA. The venue, owned by Hustler founder Larry Flynt, suddenly found part of its roof collapsing. As a result, 11 people were injured, one seriously.
The incident happened at about 10:15 AM yesterday and only affected a small section of the roof. However, it was enough to force seven casino patrons to have to be sent to the hospital, with the other injured treated at the scene. The most critical patient was reportedly someone who received injuries due to a pre-existing condition.
According to a statement by LA County Fire Department Captain Tony Imbrenda, “Currently we don’t have the exact cause of why this happened. But clearly, as evidenced by the photographs that we’re seeing right now live on television, the area of this collapse was primarily around the area where a couple of large commercial air conditioners are situated on top of that roof.”
As a precaution, the casino was completely evacuated in case more of the roof collapsed. Photos show damage to blackjack tables and other table games close to the area of the lobby. Flynt Management has reportedly already brought in architectural specialists to determine what may have caused the incident, but there are indications that the casino may have had a significant water leak. Lucky Lady was closed as a result and will remain shuttered for an unspecified amount of time.