A fire at the Golden Nugget closed the sauna Monday evening.

Firefighters were called to the casino at about 5:30 p.m. for a reported fire and activated sprinkler, Chief Dennis Brooks said.

Crews arrived to heavy smoke in the fourth-floor Fitness and Spa Center, and firefighters were able to knock down the fire, which was mainly in the ceiling of the sauna, Brooks said.

Evacuation was confined to the spa, and fire personnel did not see a reason to evacuate the casino.

However, some employees and guests were evacuated prior to the Fire Department arriving.

"The fire doesn't appear to be suspicious," Brooks said.

Preliminarily, he said, it looks like an electrical fire, but is still under investigation.

The spa sustained a lot of smoke and water damage, but likely will be able to reopen with some cleanup and the approval of the investigator, Brooks said. The sauna will likely remain closed.

A kitchen on the third floor also suffered some water damage, but remains operational, he said.

"Everything went smoothly because we work well with the casino," Brooks said.

It was a busy hour for the department, Brooks said. With most of the personnel on calls, including a medical call and a water rescue on Albany Avenue.

That call first came in about a person possibly jumping off the Albany Avenue Bridge, Brooks said.

Two engines, the water rescue unit and the State Police Marine Unit were dispatched. A woman was in the water, but it was unclear how she got there, Brooks said.

She at first refused to get out, but they were able to coax her, only to have the woman go back in, he said.

The Marine Unit was recalled, and the incident was taken care of.

The woman's name was not released.

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