Posted September 29, 2018 05:33:07 The racecourse at the Queens, New York, city-owned Racecourse has shut down after massive fire, a city official said Friday.
Officials said the fire broke out shortly after 9 a.m. at the racecourse’s clubhouse at the Raceway Raceway in Midtown.
“Due to the nature of the fire, the facility will be closed for several days,” said city spokesman Steve Kowalczyk.
The city said that no people were injured in the blaze.
“There were no injuries to any patrons or staff.
There was no major damage to the property or the facilities,” Kowaczyk said.
Racecourse spokeswoman Sarah Miller said the clubhouse is owned by a family-owned company, and the clubhouse was used as a training center for other racers.
“The clubhouse has been an integral part of the community for more than 25 years,” Miller said.
“It was a popular location for training and racing in the late 1980s and early 1990s.”
Kowacek said the building was “not in good shape” and that it was a “tough day for the city.”
“I just hope people can keep in mind that the building will be completely destroyed in time,” Kovalski said.
A total of 471 racers are scheduled to compete at the 2018 New York City Marathon, according to the New York Times.