They are distant memories today, but in the early 1980s Las Vegas tourism was rocked by two devastating fires in major hotel-casinos that affected some 1,000 lives. In November 1980, an electrical fault in a wall of the MGM Grand Hotel’s deli ignited a blaze that would take 87 lives and injure more than 700 people.  Three months later, the Las Vegas Hilton caught fire, killing eight and injuring more than 200.
The countdown is on for Christmas, and the other winter holidays are upcoming or are already here (I'm looking at you Hanukkah)! The gifts are bought and wrapped, the lights are up on the outside of the house, the tree is adding a festive flair to your home and topped with an angel or a star, depending on what camp you fall into, plans for a big Christmas dinner have been decided, and the stockings are hung by the fire with care. Emphasis on the "with care" part because there are dangers that are best avoided this holiday season, and throughout the year.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and enjoy some food and fun with the family. For some, this may mean traveling to other cities to see loved ones that live far away. For others, this could be a time to go to a relative's or friend's house in the same town to celebrate the holiday. For some Las Vegas and Henderson locals, they enjoy hosting Thanksgiving dinner in their home with the people they care about most. One Southern Nevada family, however, had a frightening Thanksgiving when they returned home to find their kitchen filled with smoke and engulfed in flames.
Las Vegas. It's the sin city that's known for getting hot! Not only is the temperature sweltering in the summer, with highs soaring at or above 110 degrees, but Southern Nevada's nightlife has also been described as hot, hot, hot. However, for one Las Vegas Valley resident, the scorching nature of Clark County became much too literal. A man, who was living in a house in old Henderson, had to be rushed to the hospital after being burned in a Las Vegas house fire. In past Las Vegas house fire injury stories that we've covered on this blog, the majority of the fires happen at night.
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