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Media Release


Thursday, March 15, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Two-Alarm Fire At Golden Nugget Hotel
Fire Investigators Determined Fire Was Arson, One Person Critical In Hospital


Las Vegas fire investigators determined that a fire in a room on the 22nd floor of the Rush Tower at the Golden Nugget hotel-casino this morning was intentionally set. When firefighters entered the room, a male adult was found unresponsive on the floor. The man was taken to University Medical Center suffering from smoke inhalation.

Fire dispatchers were notified at 8:26 a.m. that smoke was showing on the 22nd floor of the hotel on Fremont St. When firefighters arrived on scene just a few minutes later, smoke and water was showing on the floor. Floors 20 through 25 of the 25 story hotel were evacuated by hotel staff and security prior to the fire department’s arrival. Hotel staff estimated that approximately 50 people were evacuated.

Floors 22-23-24 are currently vacant in the hotel for renovation and construction. No one is commonly found on those floors. There is no furniture or fixtures in any of the rooms.

Firefighters had to use a pass key to gain entry into the room which was locked. When they entered the room some bedding material was on fire just inside the door. The fire was immediately doused by a fire sprinkler. Damage was estimated at less than $1,000. Only the bedding material was damaged, the building was not damaged. Firefighters did not have to use a fire hose to put out the fire out; it was completely extinguished by one fire sprinkler.

Firefighters continued into the smoke filled room which was filled with large boxes of bedding material. The room was being used for storage and because of the thick smoke and boxes visibility was extremely. As firefighters continued into the room, they heard faint moaning and found a male adult lying on the floor at the far end of the room near a window. The man was immediately taken out of the room and taken to the hospital.

Why or how the man got into the room is being investigated. He is a registered guest at the hotel. It is not known if the man is connected to the fire being intentionally set in that same room. 

None of the other guests in the hotel were ever in danger because of the fire. Guests on the other floors were allowed to return about an hour later.

The incident remains under investigation.


1st Alarm:  E1,201,4,10,203, T3,52, R1,201, CB8, EMS1, AR1, B1,5, PIO1
2nd  Alarm:  E3,33,8,5,50, T16,18, R50,51,12, HR44, B4,2,  6i5, 6i3, 6i6, 602, 101, 102


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