By Tim Murtagh – The Associated PressThe Red Rock casino in the southern Nevada desert has long been the home of one of the world’s largest gaming companies.
But the casino has been in the news for a very different reason.
On Friday, casino operators and state regulators were forced to declare a state of emergency in Nevada after two people died at a casino in nearby Las Vegas.
Red Rock was the first casino to open in Nevada in 1995 and the last to open a year later.
Red Rocks employees said on Saturday that the company is “still recovering from the devastating fire in 2016” and that the casino will open on Friday.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board says it is looking into reports of injuries and deaths linked to the fire that burned through a hotel room on June 14, 2016.
More than 100,000 people attended a candlelight vigil in the hotel room where the fire started.
The blaze is now under investigation.
The Red Rocks has been owned by a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company since 1999.
It has been struggling to keep the lights on, and recently posted an annual loss of $1.8 billion, according to the casino’s annual report.
Its website lists more than 100 million rooms across seven states and Washington, D.C.
The Las Vegas-based company operates one of Nevada’s largest hotels, the Mandalay Bay, and three other resorts, including the Mirage, Desert Hotels and the Las Vegas Mirage.