‘Once in a lifetime:’ Old greyhound track in Florida becomes firefighter training haven

  • Source: Naples Daily News
  • Published: 04/28/2021 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: Two inches of water filled what was once the poker space in the old Bonita Springs Greyhound Racing building off Bonita Beach Road. "We're going straight into the room on the left," one Estero firefighter said into his mask radio. An ominous orange glow bled from a back office. "Moving in," another replied. "There's no more hose, no more hose," said one firefighter, manning the pipe connection 100 feet away. One minute passed. "Fire out," the first firefighter said. The crew of four extinguished the simulated fire in less than three minutes. They walked back out of the emergency exit to the full parking lot — to a cacophony of fire engines from 19 departments across Lee County. The crews all came to exploit the final days of the 250,000-square-foot monolith built 70 years ago. A new building, the Bonita Springs Poker Room, opened six months ago and sits much closer to the road.


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