Tourists flee Las Vegas hotel blaze

July 25, 2015 11:19 pm

Two people were injured and hundreds of others were forced to
flee after a fire broke out at a luxury hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday
afternoon.
The blaze started at an outside pool area on a
14th-floor deck of The Cosmopolitan and quickly spread, setting pool
cabanas and trees alight.

As
large plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky, terrified guests
fled to safety and more than 100 firefighters rushed to the scene.

One person injured in the blaze was taken to hospital,
while a second guest with minor injuries is still being evaluated at the
2,995-room hotel.

The pair both suffered smoke inhalation, officials said.
Firefighters
extinguished the blaze around 30 minutes after arriving at the scene,
Fire Chief Greg Cassell told KSNV. An investigation is ongoing.
On
Saturday afternoon,the Clark County fire department announced via
Twitter that firefighters had been dispatched to a blaze at The
Cosmopolitan.
In total, 110 firefighters and 35 vehicles,
including crews from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, responded to the fire,
which started at 12.15pm local time.
‘@ClarkCountyFD fighting a
#fire at 3708 Las Vegas Blvd So. 2nd alarm called. #CCFD #vegas,’ Clark
County Fire Department tweeted.

It later revealed that trees and cabanas were burning on the resort casino and hotel’s pool deck.
‘Update
to 3708 LVBS: Trees and cabanas burned on pool deck. Very little
extension to building. One patient transported at this time,’ it
tweeted.
By the time crews had extinguished the blaze, it had
already destroyed the Bamboo Pool, which is located on the hotel’s 14th
floor.

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