UPDATE: Las Vegas casino fire contained

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The fire at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino has been contained, according to a report from the Las Vegas Sun.

The fire, which began at 11 a.m. today, started on the room and flames could be seen coming from some windows on the top floor of the Monte Carlo Hotel. The hotel and casino were evacuated as 100 firefighters responded to the scene to battle the blaze.

The Las Vegas Sun said it took about an hour for the firefighters to contain the fire, and according to the fire department scanner, seven people had been taken to local hospitals because of injuries.

At 11:56 a.m., Clark County Fire sent out a press release that said there were no major injuries reported and that the fire was focused on the exterior of the building.

The cause of the fire has not yet been officially determined, but there were welders working on the roof at the time the fire started.

Once the fire is fully extinguished investigations will be begin to determine the cause.

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. First 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.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Magician Lance Burton canceled his performance for this evening at the Monte Carlo, but gaming officials said the casino could be reopened tonight depending on damage.

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