Fire at The Cosmopolitan

Summer in Las Vegas just got hotter. Crowds of bikini clad hopefuls won’t get to enjoy the Bamboo pool at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas, as a fire destroyed much of the pool area last weekend.

As plumes of black smoke filled the air, visitors were ushered out of the 14th floor Bamboo Pool. The fire was fast-spreading, creating a thick black cloud that could be seen from miles away.

One person was treated at the scene for injuries sustained from the fire, and one other was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Bamboo Pool is advertised by the hotel as, "The ultimate Las Vegas relaxation pool."

Las Vegas Boulevard was closed from Tropicana Avenue to Flamingo Road for about 45 minutes. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun employees believe the fire was ignited by a cigarette tossed from a higher hotel floor. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The fire started in a cabana, but quickly spread to the club’s decorative palm trees made of high density foam and plastic. “Once it got going, it jumped from tree to tree,” said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell.

The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes, starting at 12:16 pm and put out by 12:47 pm. Some hotel rooms sustained water damage from sprinklers, while smoke reached some floors with open windows.

The Cosmopolitan, with 2,995 hotel rooms, was evacuated.  The 14th and 15th floors of the west tower will be closed until further notice.

While we still don’t know how much damage was caused to the hotel, this fire comes seven year after a blaze caused $80 million in damage to the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino.

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