Fire at Bellagio

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Rachel Paige
April 24, 2017
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Source: BBC

Sooooo JUST incase anybody had a trip planned to Las Vegas, Nevada, be careful of the flames….. No seriously. On Thursday April 13th the Bellagio Hotel gathered a pretty impressive crowd of people for their infamous light show. The Bellagio Hotel & Casino has almost 4,000 rooms and is one of the largest casinos in all of Las Vegas. However, this light show included a rather hefty dose of flames and smoke. At first, onlookers thought this was all part of the show however, after several minutes of throat-clearing smoke, it was soon discovered that there was in fact a problem.

After 20 minutes of tireless efforts by Las Vegas’ fire department of 77 people, the flames were successfully put out and luckily, nobody was injured in the process. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined however, after careful investigation, it is thought to be the doing of electrical & lighting errors. Apparently the exterior panels of the building were likely made of a foam-like plastic material called: “Exterior Installation and Finish System aka EIFS”. Unfortunately, this type of finish can be highly flammable. This infamous finish is also present at Paris Las Vegas, Excalibur, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace and New York New York…. In case you’re thinking of staying at one of these casino’s during your next Vegas trip! Even though this material is highly flammable, many say that this is a widely used building material and that its flammability is not concerning whatsoever. Take that with a grain of salt and do your research before booking!

The estimated damage was nearly $450,000 and due to the fire, part of the famous strip is now blocked off until the pathway is completely free of any remaining debris.

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