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MGM Grand Hotel Fire, 1980


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On Friday, November 21, 1980, at approximately 7:17 a.m., a fire occurred at the MGM Grand Hotel, located in Las Vegas, NV. The most probable cause of the fire was heat produced by an electrical ground-fault within a combustible concealed space in a waitresses' serving station of The Deli. The high-rise tower evacuation alarm system did not sound. This fire resulted in the deaths of eighty-five guests and hotel employees. About 600 others were injured and approximately thirty-five firefighters sought medical attention during and after the fire. Of the eighty-five fatalities, sixty-one victims were located in the high-rise tower and eighteen were on the casino level. Fire victims were moved before their locations were documented. The eighty-fifth victim died weeks after the fire. Of the sixty-one victims found in the high-rise tower, twenty-five were located in rooms, twenty-two were in corridors, nine were in stairways and five were found in elevators. One person died when she jumped or fell from the high-rise tower.

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