Leadership

Firemen Rescue 200 Grand at Las Vegas Casino Fire

Issue 2 and Volume 110.

Firemen Rescue 200 Grand at Las Vegas Casino Fire Downtown Las Vegas was the scene of one of the worst fires in that southern Nevada city’s history on the night of November 25, 1956, when flames of suspicious origin swept the Boulder Club, gambling casino causing damage estimated at more than $200,000. Nearly 2,000 patrons fled from the flames as employees, aided by police and firemen, brought all of the casino’s $200,000 in cash into the street and waiting police cars for safekeeping. The first alarm reached Las Vegas Fire Department headquarters at 6:30 p.m., bringing Engines 1 and 6, ladder 1, Tanker 2 and Rescue 1. Subsequent alarms brought three additional engine companies under Chief E. C. Gates. Upon the arrival of the first companies, the fire had already broken through the roof. Because of the lack of fire stops in the old structure, the roof fell in on…

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