An unidentified man was rushed to a Las Vegas medical center in critical condition and 50 people were evacuated earlier today following a two-alarm fire that broke out at the Golden Nugget Casino, officials said.
The blaze, which was reported at 8:26am, occurred in an unfinished guest room on the 22nd floor that was used strictly for storing linens and bedding while the floor is being remodeled, according to Tim Szymanski, spokesman for the Las Vegas Fire Department.
When firefighters arrived at the room, the hotel sprinkler system had extinguished the fire but the room was filled with thick black smoke.
Firefighters crawled along the floor to check for victims and heard a man moaning. They discovered the man in the far corner of the room limp and not responding to commands.
“Investigators with the department’s arson unit are working with hotel staff to determine whether the man was a guest of the casino or a worker,” Szymanski said.
Following the fire, the Golden Nugget released a statement confirming that only employees were permitted on the floors being renovated. Guests staying on the 20th floor and above were evacuated.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the estimated the damage caused by the blaze is said to be less than $1,000.
More details on the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel fire will be reported as they become available.
via Fox 5 News