Two Floors Evacuated in Central Las Vegas Casino
August 27, 2017
Las Vegas has more hotel rooms per capita than the rest of the world, making it both a world class tourist destination and the perfect place for a staycation for Southern Nevada locals. Las Vegas sees over million visitors every year and consequently experiences tons of hotel and casino accidents. Whether you're a Las Vegas local or someone visiting from out of state, if you're involved in a hotel or casino accident on or off the strip, you absolutely must hire a competent lawyer who has dealt with the big casino's legal teams and the challenges that entail. Hotel litigation is a specialized process that needs attention from the very best attorneys.
Just yesterday, a casino near the Las Vegas strip experienced some challenges that could have put many guests in danger. The hotel in question is the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Two entire floors of guest had to be evacuated because of a very real danger of fire. According to publicly accessible dispatch records, the Clark County Fire Department was deployed to The Westgate Hotel just before 6 in the evening yesterday night, with smoke being seen from blocks away. Many pedestrians were photographing the smoke and posting pictures of the billowing black plumes juxtaposed with the evening sky on the social media platform Twitter. According to Clark County Fire Department Fire Deputy Cheif John Steinback, the fire department initially responded to the Westgate Hotel upon information that there was a report of a fire on the balcony outside two rooms. By the time the Clark County Fire Department arrived on the scene, the fire had seemed to spread to the inside of one of the rooms. The fire department responded with three laddered trucks to put out the flames coming from the hotel. In compliance with safety standards, Fire fighters evacuated patrons on both the third and fourth floors. According to Deputy Cheif Steinback, both sprinklers located inside the hotel and spray from the firefighters outside the hotel cause the blaze to stop. Although the Westgate Hotel tweeted that the fire was put out and that the "safety and security of our guests was a top priority", it is unclear what started the fire in the first place. At this time, they are facing a significant amount of damage from the water, fire, and smoke. There were no guest injuries reported but it is unclear what kind of property damage occurred to their patron's possessions.
When a hotel catches on fire, it's really alarming for their patrons. Many visitors to Las Vegas aren't as lucky and suffer injuries from accidents when visiting hotels or casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. If you've been hurt in a hotel or casino, you could very well be entitled to compensation. Even if you're not a Southern Nevada local, the best thing you can do for your Las Vegas casino hotel accident injury case is to work with a local lawyer. Benson and Bingham have worked on cases like these for years, and have been engaged in litigation against every casino on the strip. They know how to handle cases of this magnitude, and will work tirelessly to accurately represent both local and tourist clients alike. If you're hurt in a casino or hotel, do not let them bully you or make you think that you don't have any recourse. Risk Managment departments are trained to make guests that their casino has injured feel powerless. You're not powerless. Start by setting up a consultation with Benson and Bingham Attorneys at Law, and let them represent your best interests and get the compensation you deserve.