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Officials: 2-alarm fire erupts at luxury hotel on Vegas Strip

By Doug G. Ware
A two-alarm fire broke out at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, where it burned trees and cabanas at the pool area. Authorities said one person was hospitalized with injuries, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Photo: John Wells / YouTube
A two-alarm fire broke out at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, where it burned trees and cabanas at the pool area. Authorities said one person was hospitalized with injuries, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Photo: John Wells / YouTube

LAS VEGAS, July 25 (UPI) -- A two-alarm fire broke out at the luxury Cosmopolitan hotel on the Las Vegas strip Saturday, sending thick plumes of smoke up the building and one person to the hospital, authorities said.

The flames started around the pool area of the hotel, firefighters said, and burned trees and some cabanas on the pool deck, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Dozens of tourists and hotel guests took photos and videos of the fire. Witness John Wells uploaded his cellphone video to YouTube, which shows the thick smoke and contains sounds of responding firefighters on the street below.

The Cosmopolitan, opened in 2010, sits next to the Bellagio Hotel & Casino and -- at nearly 3,000 rooms -- is one of the largest hotels in Las Vegas.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Officials said at least one person was taken to the hospital but the nature of the injuries weren't disclosed.

The blaze was contained by mid-afternoon Saturday.

Multiple hotel fires in Las Vegas have gained notoriety over the last 35 years. The MGM Grand caught fire and killed 87 people in 1985. Eight people died in a fire at the Las Vegas Hilton four years earlier.

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Video courtesy John Wells / YouTube

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