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February 11, 1981.Hilton Fire of Las Vegas


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A fire erupted and "jumped from floor to floor" at the 30-story Las Vegas Hilton Tuesday night, shooting flames 100 feet up the side of one of the world's largest hotels.

When the MGM Grand Hotel fire occurred in November of 1980, the Las Vegas Hilton realized that its own fire protection system needed to be upgraded. Speculation was that since the same companies hired to build the International also built the MGM Grand, that the International/Las Vegas Hilton had the same flaws and should be retrofitted. Approximately 90 days after the MGM Grand fire, February 11, 1981, while the Hilton was being retrofitted, a fire broke out. Firefighters using the knowledge they had recently learned from the MGM fire promptly used the local television networks to notify people to stay in their rooms and not go out to the halls and stairwells. Because of the lessons well learned, eight people perished in this fire compared to the 85 people who died in the MGM Grand fire.

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