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Monte Carlo Fire

Same Day Coverage

The wispy column of smoke rising from the roof of the gleaming-white Monte Carlo hotel triggered an anxiety rush across Las Vegas that winter morning. As the smoke thickened, old-timers harked back to other hotel fires, including the one in 1980 that killed 87 people and injured 700 others at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

So the Jan. 25, 2008, fire at Monte Carlo would prove to be something of a test: How quickly and safely would the hotel’s 3,002 guest rooms be evacuated? How fast could the Fire Department respond and mount a rooftop attack on the flames? Were local hospitals and the UMC burn center ready to treat victims? Would the day end in calamity or in calm?

Here is the Las Vegas Sun’s coverage of the day’s events — as they unfolded minute-by-minute and were published on the newspaper’s website, and in a narrative recap for the next day’s newspaper, from insiders’ points of view, that showed how the hotel, its guests, and emergency services agencies across the valley responded to the fire.

Photo: Justin Timberlake performs at MGM Grand Garden Are
Justin Timberlake to headline new, 5,000-seat Monte Carlo theater?
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:
What a Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor we have this first workday after Memorial Day Weekend! As the new, 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo nears the final stage of construction and interior decoration, buzz has begun as to which stars will headline there.
MGM Grand, Hilton fires led to improved safety codes
MGM Grand, Hilton fires led to improved safety codes
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
1980 MGM Fire:
After 85 people died as a result of the MGM Grand fire in November 1980 and eight perished in an arson less than three months later at the Las Vegas Hilton, Nevada lawmakers revamped high-rise safety codes.
Transformer explosion behind Monte Carlo disrupts early morning I-15  traffic
Transformer explosion behind Monte Carlo disrupts early morning I-15 traffic
Sunday, May 15, 2011
A transformer exploded and shot flames high into the dark sky early Sunday morning behind the Monte Carlo casino on the Las Vegas Strip , leading authorities to close Interstate 15 for about an hour.
Photo: Jabbawockeez perform at Jet in The Mirage.
Monte Carlo's Anton Nikodemus, Jabbawockeez forge unlikely alliance
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The eye-opening success of Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand's Hollywood Theater caught the attention of Monte Carlo President Anton ...
Woman files suit over 2008 fire at Monte Carlo
Friday, January 15, 2010
A Florida woman who was staying at the Monte Carlo when a fire broke out in January 2008 is suing the resort for damages, according to a lawsuit filed in Clark County District Court earlier this week.
Photo: Frank Caliendo
Frank Caliendo: Who will you hear?
Thursday, October 8, 2009
COMEDY: Madden. Pacino. Obama. Impressionist jazzed for his Monte Carlo gig
Beginning Monday, impressionist Frank Caliendo will try to help fill the comic void on the Strip left by the passing of Danny Gans.
Photo: A look at the penthouse suite at the new HOTEL32 l
Monte Carlo shows off new boutique-style HOTEL32
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
More than 18 months after fire, new digs open on previously water-damaged top floor
After more than 18 months, the Monte Carlo can finally close the book on its January 2008 fire with the opening of the once water-damaged 32nd floor. The hotel-casino showed off its new, boutique-style hotel concept called HOTEL32 during a tour for media and VIPs on Monday. The 32nd floor opened to guests for the first time last week since the fire.
Photo: Smoke rises from the Monte Carlo on Jan. 26 after
On appeal, OSHA loses most of Monte Carlo fire case
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Construction safety:
The construction company cited by the state for worker safety violations in connection with the January fire atop the Monte Carlo was largely cleared of responsibility in an appeal decision this month. The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration had fined Union Erectors, a structural steel company, $18,000, saying the company had violated nine workplace safety laws. But the OSHA Review Board overturned all but one of Union Erectors’ citations, reducing the fines to $3,500.
Report: Wrong kind of resin helped Monte Carlo fire spread
Friday, August 29, 2008
An analysis of materials involved in a fire on the outside of the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino revealed the use of a non-approved resin in two areas helped spread the blaze, Clark County officials said today.
Safety in Nevada gets short shift
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Am I the only one who thinks the companies and the regulatory agencies are more concerned with rising insurance rates than they are with human life?
Photo: These decorative elements of the Excalibur form an
Official: Foam’s OK, despite fire
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Code lets Monte Carlo rebuild with same material
For all the attention that has been heaped on the foam that burned in the Monte Carlo fire Jan. 25, the hotel could be rebuilt today using essentially the same kind of foam in the same applications because the stuff is fine, experts and building officials say.
Heroes from MGM’s fire aren’t forgotten
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Letter to the editor:
For many of us who lived in Las Vegas in 1980, the sight of the Monte Carlo fire on Friday brought back memories of the MGM fire on Nov. 21, 1980.
Why can’t choppers help put out fires?
Monday, January 28, 2008
Letter to the editor:
Why doesn’t the fire department have a standby helicopter loaded with fire suppressing materials?
The band played on
Friday, January 25, 2008
Life in Las Vegas kept going on the Las Vegas Strip today -- even as flames shot out of the top floors of the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino.
More about the Monte Carlo
Friday, January 25, 2008
Here are some facts and historical information about The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, which was damaged in a three-alarm fire on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008.