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Three-Alarm Fire at Las Vegas Casino

Steven Smith, Clark County Fire Chief Steven Smith, Clark County Fire Chief

By Leanne Gregg

LAS VEGAS (KHNL) -- Firefighters battled a massive fire at the Monte Carlo Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip Friday.

So far there are no reports of serious injuries.

Flames and smoke billowing from the Monte Carlo Hotel Casino on the busy Las Vegas Strip could be seen for miles.

The three-alarm fire broke out on the roof of the hotel late Friday morning.

"Horrible fire everywhere, from down four floors and then up on both sides," an eyewitness said. 

Ambulances were dispatched to the scene but there were no reports of serious injuries.

"It was an exterior fire, minor damage to the interior of the property, very minor injuries to some guests, some engineers and none that we know of to firefighters at this time," said Clark County Fire Chief Steven Smith.

Hotel guests were evacuated to other casino hotels nearby.

The Monte Carlo, which opened 12 years ago, is owned by MGM Mirage.

The building has 32 floors with more than 3,000 hotel guest rooms. Those rooms were given a complete makeover three-and-a-half years ago.

More than 100 firefighters were able to contain the blaze in less than two hours where now the charred rooftop remains.

"What we had to do after the fire was out, we checked for extension, we've done a methodical check floor by floor to make sure that everyone has been evacuated," Smith said. "That's what we call our primary life search to make sure that everyone is accounted for. MGM people have told us their employees have been accounted for."

The extent of the damage and cause of the massive fire are still unknown.

The rooftop where the fire spread was made of a flammable foam.

Hotel officials say a welder was working on the rooftop but it's not yet known if construction had anything to do with the fire.

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