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Fire History: From the Fire Engineering Vault: MGM Grand Fire/Monte Carlo Fire - Fire Engineering

November 21 marks the anniversary of the 1980 MGM Grand Hotel fire in Las Vegas, Nevada, in which 84 guests perished, many from asphyxiation, and hundreds were injured. (Fire Engineering, March 1981. CLICK HERE to download as a PDF, 742 KB). The alarm was called in at 7:17 a.m., and although the fire was brought under control by 8:30 a.m., it was not until 12 noon that the 23-story, 2,076-room hotel was fully evacuated. Where there were sprinklers, the fire was "stopped in its tracks," according to Chief Roy Parrish, but the structure was only partially sprinklered; the restaurant where the fire originated and the casino were not. Many victims died from asphyxiation from the fir...

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