Two people were injured at a fire that erupted on Saturday afternoon on the pool deck of the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan hotel.
Clark County Fire Department responded to the hire that sent thick smoke billowing high above The Strip. Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan reported that of the two people treated for smoke inhalation, one of them remained in the hospital for further attention, according to MSNBC.
The fire was reported at 12:15 p.m. PST by multiple 911 calls from the scene. The fire quickly escalated and torched trees and cabanas at the hotel’s Bamboo Pool on the west side of the hotel. Luckily, the Cosmopolitan stated that the fire made very little impact inside of the building due to the “proper evacuation procedures” they had in place and used.
At least 110 firefighters responded to the call to not only attend to the fire, but assist in the evacuation. The fire reportedly took 45 minutes for firefighters to contain. Nobody suffered any burns from the flames according to the Clark County Fire Department.
The hotel has not released any information as to if any guests would be displaced because of the fire. The fire chief stated that the flames from the pool deck fire never made it inside of the hotel, however, smoke was reported by some of the floors above the 14th floor where the pool was located. The firefighters are continuing working with the hotel personnel to properly ventilate any areas with fans that were affected by the smoke.
At this time, the cause of the fire is still under investigation as guests and witnesses are being interviewed and any cellphone video footage is received and reviewed.
Julio Loredo was a guest staying on the 33rd floor of neighboring hotel Vdara and stated that his room began to darken. “We looked out the window, and there was ask hitting our window.”
He also reported that he then looked out a hallway window, where he saw guests running out of The Cosmopolitan pool deck.
“People were running. We could see small explosions,” Loredo said. “It was in less than a minute that it was completely engulfed.”