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In pictures: Las Vegas hotel blaze

Smoke rises from the roof of the Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas, 25 January 2008

Palls of smoke hung over the Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas after a fire tore through the upper part of the building on Friday morning.

Smoke rises from the roof of the Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas, 25 January 2008

The fire, which broke out at about 1100 (1900 GMT), raged through the roof and top floor of the 3,000-room hotel complex.

Smoke rises from the roof of the Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas, 25 January 2008

Although the thick plumes of smoke from the blaze sparked panic in some guests and residents around the complex, the flames were quickly contained by firefighters.

Employees of the Monte Carlo hotel and casino stand outside having been evacuated

Guests and staff were quickly evacuated and the fire was largely extinguished within an hour.

Californian Melissa Franco, who had been staying at the Monte Carlo hotel and casino, carries her luggage away from the building

But its effects were felt further afield: neighbouring hotels were evacuated and the famous Las Vegas Strip was closed to traffic.

Fire damage is seen on the top floors of the Monte Carlo hotel and casino

Unlike the fire at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel in 1980, which claimed more than 80 lives and injured nearly 700 people, no injuries were reported in Friday's blaze.



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