MGM Grand Fire | Via
Few people visiting Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas remember today that the landmark establishment situated on the glittering Strip was one the site of Nevada’s most devastating fire that took the lives of more than 80 people.
The blaze broke out inside the establishment known at the time as MGM Grand Hotel and Casino early in the morning on November 21, 1980, taking the lives of 87 people and leaving some 650 others injures.
Fire alarms did not sound and guests were made aware of the emergency only after seeing smoke filling their rooms via the air vents.
Although over 200 firefighters arrived on the scene to rescue the hotel’s stranded patrons, evacuation efforts were complicated as fire department ladders could only reach nine floors of the 26-story hotel.
The deadliest fire in Nevada’s history broke out in the early morning of Friday, November 21, in The Deli restaurant on the main floor of the hotel.
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