WASHINGTON — A massive blaze at the popular Las Vegas Strip casino was contained after a fire that ripped through a warehouse filled with gaming equipment and gambling chips, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada said Monday.
The fire started around 9:40 a.m.
Saturday in a warehouse at the MGM Grand, which is in the same area of the Strip where the largest fire in U. S. history erupted on Dec. 28, 1970, killing 19 people and destroying an estimated $3 billion in property.
No one was injured in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The MGM Grand is one of the largest gaming properties in the world.
The casino has about $1.8 billion in cash and other valuables on its property.
The blaze broke out when the fire was set in a storage area, but the fire department is still working to determine what ignited the fire.
The warehouse was filled with nearly 6,000 tons of gaming equipment, including computers, video cards, video monitors and other gaming equipment.
No injuries were reported.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Las Vegas Fire Department and the fire marshal’s office are investigating.
Attorney said there is no evidence the blaze started deliberately, but investigators are still working.
It was the largest blaze to hit the Las Angeles casino complex since the deadly 1970 fire that destroyed a warehouse full of gambling equipment at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Los Angeles.
The fires that destroyed dozens of casinos in the U,S., and Europe were blamed on a fungus, called Borrelia burgdorferi.
The fungus, which can cause fevers, can cause severe illnesses in humans and is common in many tropical countries.
The California Department of Public Health declared an outbreak in May and the U of T Medical School in Toronto and the University of California at Davis in the United States have reported outbreaks of the fungus.
The disease was recently identified in China, but it has not been confirmed in the Las Vanas.
Officials said that while the fire had a domino effect on the gaming industry in the Strip, the loss of $3.8 million worth of equipment was far more damaging.
“We do believe this fire will be an example of what happens when the right circumstances trigger,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
The government also said it will not seek to prosecute anyone involved in the fire because the fire caused no injuries and the cause of it was unknown.
The building at the top of the casino is about 1,500 feet (300 meters) above sea level.
There was a fire at a warehouse next door in October.
It started when a fire started in a fire locker in a different building, the Department of Homeland Security said in its statement.
“While there is some speculation that this fire was the result of a fire in another building, we can confirm that the fire in this building did not begin there,” Homeland Security Commissioner John Roth said in the statement.