Clark County orders demolition of fire-damaged Key Largo building

Clark County officials on Friday notified the owner of the Key Largo casino on Flamingo Road that the building must be secured and then demolished by late April in the wake of Thursday’s four-alarm fire.

In a letter addressed to a Miami-based development company, Flamingo 2005 LLC, Clark County Building Director Ronald Lynn said the building must be torn down by April 26.

The blaze, was reported at 3:05 p.m. The fire all but gutted the building, near Paradise Road.

The blaze caused $4.5 million in damages.

For seven years the building sat vacant and in disrepair — occupied occasionally by squatters.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The arson unit was inspecting the building in the aftermath of the fire.

About 117 firefighters from Clark County, Las Vegas and Henderson fire departments were involved in suppressing the fire.

Two firefighters were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The structure was built in 1974 and closed in January 2005, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

At the time the resort closed, the gaming license was held by Ambassador Gaming Inc., which was doing business as the Quality Inn Key Largo Casino.

Contact reporter Tom Ragan at or 702-224-5512.

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