Massive Vegas Fire Slows Vacant Hotel’s Opening

Massive Vegas Fire Slows Vacant Hotel's Opening

( – Construction supplies caught fire late in the afternoon of July 22, prompting firefighters to battle a blaze on the top of the soon-to-open ‘Fontainebleau Las Vegas’ casino and hotel.

After receiving several reports near 3:45 p.m. about a building fire in the area of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, the Clark County Fire Department arrived on the scene. Soon after, fire officials took charge, spoke with security, and started making their way to the top via the elevators.

Billy Samuels, the fire chief, said that upon reaching the roof, firefighters discovered the burning supplies. It was unclear what caused the fire or how extensive the damage may be to the unfinished building.

The fire chief added that it took scores of firefighters to put out the blaze, which was extinguished at about 4:30 p.m. Two helicopters, four trucks with ladders, and twelve fire engines answered the calls for help.

Aerial photography of the 67-story building of blue glass revealed heavy columns of black smoke rising from its top. Although it was unclear whether any employees were there when the fire started, there were no reported injuries.

The resort, which has been abandoned at the northernmost point of the strip in Las Vegas for over two decades, will finally open up to the public in December.

The ‘Fontainebleau Las Vegas,’ whose construction started in 2007, was originally scheduled to open at the end of 2009. However, the project was put on hold for a number of years when the business that was working on it went bankrupt amid the 2008 recession.

The Fontainebleau reported that a fire on the roof was promptly extinguished and that no one was hurt. The fire broke out at around 3:41 p.m., and its cause is now being investigated. The Clark County Fire Department should be contacted for any more information on the fire since security and safety are now their top priorities and they are cooperating fully with the investigators.

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