Late last Thursday night, a fire broke out on the rooftop of the Bellagio hotel and casino retail annex in Las Vegas. Crews arrived just before 11 P.M. at the popular landmark with iconic fountains and the fire was knocked down in less than 20 minutes. There were no reported injuries, no rooms in the hotel were affected, and there were no mass evacuations.
The Bellagio fire did, however, present a number of challenges including strong winds that contributed to a fast spreading fire and difficult access to the fire location. It took 12 firefighters on the roof to knock down the flames, and 77 crew members in total.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, but officials indicated that the cause might be related to exterior electrical or a lighting issue. Onlookers reported that the air was filled with plastic-smelling smoke and fireballs were dripping from the building. Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Roy Session said the rooftop of the Bellagio had a lot of Styrofoam and likely prompted the quick spread. Damage to the shopping center roof is estimated at $400,000. In 2008, rooftop welders at the Monte Carlo complex in Las Vegas caused a fire that lead to the evacuation of 6,000 guests and 100 million in damage. Investigators determined that decorative features on the exterior of the Monte Carlo fueled that fire.