Gavin Hellier/Robert Harding
Stacey Leasca
April 14, 2017

On Thursday night, tourists in Las Vegas got an unexpected side show when the roof of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino caught fire, prompting a rare closure of the Las Vegas Strip.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the roof of several Bellagio retail shops on the north side of the hotel’s famed fountain burned for about 30 minutes. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Additionally, none of the hotel’s 3,950 rooms were affected and no mass evacuation was called.

“Our guys who work this area of town knew this hotel like the back of their hands,” Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Roy Session said. “We called a second alarm because it was burning so fast. They did a great job of knocking it down so quickly.”

Session added that it took 12 firefighters to completely eliminate the fire and 77 personnel worked the call in total.

Jill Long of Pittsburgh told the Journal-Review she could see the flames from the balcony of her hotel room at The Cosmopolitan, located just down the street from the Bellagio.

Long added that she could see debris flying from the fire. “We didn’t know if it was a car that flipped over or something like that,” she said. “There was just a lot of fire and a lot of smoke.”

The fire’s cause, and its estimated damages, are still unknown.

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