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Las Vegas Strip casino resort on fire
A fire erupted at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, located on the Las Vegas Strip, today.
According to several news reports that have hit the Web, firefighters are battling the blaze, which erupted at 11 a.m. (PST). There are no immediate reports of injuries from the blaze, and the Monte Carlo, as well as other nearby hotels, has been evacuated.
According to the Associated Press, the three-alarm fire spread from the center section of the hotel and across the roof. Television images of the fire show it engulfing part of the hotel's top floor and room, and it is sending up plumes of black smoke above the Las Vegas Strip.
The fire affected the roof and two floors below, Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM, said in an interview with Bloomberg.
The Monte Carlo is owned by MGM Mirage and is home to more than 3,000 hotel rooms and suites as well as more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space. Originally opened in June 1996, the gambling resort cost $344 million to build originally. It also underwent $19 million in room renovations that were completed in 2004.
The Monte Carlo also employs more than 3,000 people.