Fire investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue believe that the fire that destroyed the Moulin Rouge Casino on May 29 was intentionally set. The preliminary findings are the result of an extensive investigation that begun the Friday following the fire until late yesterday afternoon. The fire remains under investigation.
The ATF became a part of the investigation after a request made by Fire Chief David L. Washington. A special fire & explosives investigation team of the ATF known as the National Response Team (NRT) assisted in the investigation. The NRT usually investigates fires, which fit into certain categories. The Moulin Rouge fit two of those profiles; the fire is expected to total more than a million dollars in loss and the building was a historical part of the community.
Because of what was revealed during the investigation, investigators believe the fire was intentionally set and believe the fire was an act of arson.
Investigative work at the fire scene for the most part has concluded. Investigators will continue to piece together the findings, which may take some time. No timeline has been set which will indicate the conclusion of the investigation.
No information about the findings of the investigation will be revealed while the investigation is active, such as: what evidence (if any) was found; the point of origin of the fire; the motive for the fire; any potential suspects.
If anyone has any information about the fire at the Moulin Rouge that could assist with the investigation, they can call Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Investigations at 383-2888 or Crimestoppers at 385-5555.
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