The fire then smoldered for hours before entering a
catwalk area above the casino and exploding through
Flames fueled by flammable furnishings, moldings
and construction materials found in the casino then
raced towards the main entrance, blowing through the
doors in a huge fireball.
Not before long, flames and smoke had engulfed the
building, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
At the time of the incident, about 5,000 people were
staying at the hotel, and it took first responders
about four hours to evacuate the building.
The 26-story resort quickly filled with smoke as
the fire spread, forcing trapped guests to await rescue
from exterior balconies. About 300 people had to be
airlifted from the roof via nine helicopters from
Nellis Air Force Base, including two HH-53 'Jolly
Construction workers from C&E Concrete who were
employed at the 760-room addition to the MGM Grand
Hotel joined firefighters in battling the conflagration
after seeing the flames ignite.
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