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Animals evacuated from Colonial Downs Racetrack after false fire alarm

Posted at 10:56 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 23:20:44-04

NEW KENT, Va. -- Animals, staff and guests were evacuated from the Colonial Downs racetrack Friday afternoon after a fire alarm sounded.

"Out of an abundance of caution we evacuated the building and racetrack areas," a representative said in a press release.

Within 40 minutes, firefighters gave the all-clear for team members and guests to re-enter the facility, and attributed the fire alarm to a faulty sensor.