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Strip casino fire leads to evacuations

Updated March 2, 2023 - 1:32 am

Two floors of the Mandalay Bay resort were temporarily evacuated late Wednesday night because of a small fire. There were no injuries reported.

Just after 11 p.m., the Clark County Fire Department was dispatched to the Strip resort “for reports of smoke showing near the roofline,” the department said in a statement.

Firefighters “upgraded the response to a second alarm on arrival after finding active smoke production showing from the roof.” Crews “ascended to the roof and found a small fire at the top of the stairwell shaft on the roof and exterior to the stairwell” and then extinguished the blaze.

The department said “two floors were temporarily evacuated for precautionary measures. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.”

The cause is under investigation.

History of casino fires

— In 2008, a three-alarm fire burned the top floors of the Monte Carlo (now Park MGM), forcing thousands of guests to evacuate and sending at least 13 people to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

— In 1981, a fire raced through the upper floors of the Las Vegas Hilton as the high-rise was being outfitted with more modern fire safety equipment, killing eight people and injuring more than 200.

— In 1980, a fire hit the MGM Grand, the worst blaze in Las Vegas history. It killed 87 people and injured hundreds more inside the property.

Read more about 10 historical hotel-casino fires on the Strip.

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