Into the Fire

It remains the biggest tragedy in Nevada history, and the second-worst hotel fire in U.S. history. Nov. 21 marks the 32nd anniversary of the MGM Grand fire, which killed 85 people, most from smoke inhalation, largely because the MGM (now Bally’s), which opened in 1973, didn’t have fire sprinklers. Here are YouTube links to the NBC Nightly News report on the day of the event, and to a 1981 National Fire Protection Association educational film chronicling the blaze and its aftereffects. Some good did come from the tragedy: The Clark County Commission passed more stringent fire-safety requirements in 1981 for all high-rise buildings, helping to make Las Vegas hotel-casinos among the safest in the world.

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