MGM Grand fire

Deadliest fire in Nevada history

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The MGM Grand fire occurred on Friday, November 21, 1980, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (later Bally’s, now Horseshoe Las Vegas), located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The fire killed 85 people, most through smoke inhalation.[1] The fire began from a refrigerated pastry display case in one of the restaurants, located on the first floor. Fire engulfed the resort's casino, and smoke travelled into the hotel tower.

MGM Grand fire
DateNovember 21, 1980 (1980-11-21)
VenueMGM Grand Hotel and Casino
LocationParadise, Nevada, U.S.
CauseElectrical ground fault caused by electrical receptacle
Deaths85 (78 guests, 7 employees)
Non-fatal injuries~600–700+

The tragedy remains the deadliest disaster in Nevada history, and the third-deadliest hotel fire in modern U.S. history, after the 1946 Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta that killed 119 people and the 1986 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico that killed 97.[2][3] The incident led to the reformation of fire safety guidelines and codes in the state.

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference Clarke_County was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Chrystal, Chris (January 12, 1987). "Hotel fires share tragic similarities". UPI. Archived from the original on October 21, 2020. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Fire in the Bronx; The Century's Worst Fires". The New York Times. March 26, 1990. Archived from the original on October 23, 2020. Retrieved October 20, 2020.

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