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Massive Blaze at Las Vegas Hotel Was Fueled by Fake Palm Trees, Says Fire Chief

A fire that tore through the pool area of a Las Vegas hotel was accelerated by fake palm trees decorating the premise.

The Bamboo Pool at the Cosmopolitan Hotel reopened Sunday, less than 24 hours after a fire ravaged the rooftop pool and sent plumes of smoke across the Las Vegas Strip.

The Clark County Fire Department was not immediately available for comment, thought Assistant Fire Chief Sandra Baker told CNN the blaze spread quickly through fake palm trees which were placed close together. The fire “took off like a rocket” due to plastic foam used to make the trees.

The Cosmopolitan confirmed the fire started at Bamboo Pool at the West End tower at approximately 12:15 p.m. Saturday and there were no serious injuries. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation and hundreds of guests were forced to evacuate.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, but investigators suspect it was accidental.

“We don’t see any malice or foul play or anything like that,” Baker told the Los Angeles Times, noting an electrical malfunction or a discarded cigarette could have triggered the fire.

Guest rooms on the 14th floor in the West End tower remain closed until further notice. The 2,995-room hotel was fully booked by conference attendees and vacationers when the fire broke out Saturday.

The Cosmopolitan asked that current or future guests direct questions or concerns to Resort Services at (702) 698-7000 or [email protected].

[Photo: CNN]

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AADFW July 29, 2015

Evidently we've learned nothing about fire prevention since 1942. That's the year that 492 people were killed inside Cocoanut Grove, a popular Boston nightclub at the time. The cause? You guessed it: highly combustible artificial palm trees. Way to go Las Vegas.