LAS VEGAS (AP) — A hotel official says the darkened Paris Las Vegas resort could remain closed overnight, displacing thousands of guests and gamblers, while work crews repair its damaged main power line.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. spokesman Rich Broome says authorities decided at nightfall Thursday that it was getting too late to promise to let guests back in.

Broome says it’s possible power can be restored at some point overnight, but officials couldn’t be sure.

Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell says about 3,000 guests and employees were evacuated after a contractor the power main about 9:45 a.m.

The full evacuation was ordered after noon when the fire alarm system battery power was running low.

Cassell says firefighters rescued 11 people from five different elevators and a few people suffered from anxiety-related issues, but no injuries were reported and no one was hospitalized.

Most of the guests were being sent to neighboring hotels, including Bally’s and Planet Hollywood.

Jay Sarno of Santa Fe Springs, California told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he won more than $1,000 on a Keno machine just before the power went out.

Sarno said the casino gave him a voucher to claim his money after power is restored. He said members of his traveling group had to walk up 18 flights of stairs in the dark to retrieve belongings before fire officials ushered them outside.


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