Las Vegas fire investigators are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a Las Vegas Strip hotel late Wednesday night.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the adjoining casino. There were no reported injuries during the incident.
Fire dispatchers received a call at 11:38PM Wednesday night that the hotel at the Aztec Inn, 2200 Las Vegas Blvd, South (Baltimore/LV Blvd) was on fire. The Aztec Inn is located across the street from the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.
When firefighters arrived, flames were visible from the hotel portion of the complex. Firefighters quickly requested a second alarm and later a third alarm which brought over 30 emergency units with over 100 firefighters from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County to the scene. It took firefighters approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. During the fire, thick smoke blanketed the area and police closed Las Vegas Boulevard from Sahara Avenue to Main Street.
The fire was mostly in the attic area of the 2-story wood frame hotel, which is currently vacant. Work is being done on the hotel and none of the rooms are currently occupied by guests or residents.
The security chief for the Aztec Inn told fire investigators that he was in the casino when someone ran in and told him the hotel was on fire.
When he went outside and checked, he saw flames on the second floor of the hotel.
He called 9-1-1.
The fire damaged the attic over three room, two rooms on the second floor and a stairwell from the first floor to the second floor.
Damage is estimated at $200,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire investigators want to talk with more people on Thursday to see if they were working on the building. This is the third fire in the hotel in the last several weeks. Previously, there was a mattress fire in one of the rooms, which was quickly extinguished, and an electrical fire in another room. Fire investigators do not believe that the three incidents are related.
There were no reported injuries during the incident.