Las Vegas Hotel Fire
A Las Vegas hotel fire has gripped spectators and news agencies scrambling to collect footage of the incident. The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas suffered from the unfortunate blaze as a cabana on the rooftop pool on the 14th floor of the resort caught fire, filling the skies with thick black smoke.
The flames erupted just after midday, on the 25th of July, as a foam palm tree caught fire and quickly spread to surrounding areas of the pool deck. Two people suffered minor injuries in the fire, including one who was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation, and another who was treated and released at the scene. Parts of the 61-story hotel were also evacuated.
Although the cause of the blaze is unknown, officials have described the pool’s décor of foam and bamboo as “liquid gasoline”. These products react very rapidly to fire, and the wind at the time unfortunately fuelled the flames to spread further.
The fire department is being praised for their quick response and impeccable handling of the blaze, and ultimately minimizing the potential of significant damage in the Las Vegas hotel fire. Crews showed up almost immediately, with 110 personnel fighting to control the blaze in around 30 minutes.
Hotel management has also been praised for their handling of the incident, with calm commands for guests to vacate the pool area to safety. Affected guests were also given new rooms in neighboring hotels.
Not all guests agree however. Some stated the staff had blank stares and were unhelpful in answering guest’s questions as to where they should evacuate.
Amateur footage has been released showing the extent of the fire, and the masses of thick black smoke filling the air.
The Cosmopolitan reopened a day after the fire, as firefighters were able to contain the blaze and prevent it from actually entering into the building.
Luckily the fire was contained to only the pool area, and only very minor damage was reported.
The cause of the blaze is still unknown.
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