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Firefighters contain blaze at site of shuttered Key Largo Casino

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Christopher DeVargas

Firefighters battle a blaze at the abandoned Key Largo Casino on East Flamingo Road and Paradise Road in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Updated Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 9:15 p.m.

Key Largo Casino Fire

Clark County and City of Las Vegas firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at the old Key Largo Casino on Flamingo Avenue and Paradise Road Thursday, March 28, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Former Key Largo Casino

Firefighters worked into Thursday evening to finally contain a massive afternoon fire at the shuttered Key Largo Casino that caused about $4.5 million in damage.

Around 3:05 p.m., units from the Clark County Fire Department swarmed the Key Largo, 377 Flamingo Road, said Stacey Welling, a Clark County spokeswoman. Heavy smoke and flames had breached the roof and were licking toward the sky when firefighters arrived.

Commuters in the area were hit with major delays. Officer Jose Hernandez, a Metro Police spokesman, said the intersection of Flamingo and Paradise roads had to be closed for several hours. Commuters traveling east and west on Flamingo, and south on Paradise were held up while congestion halted traffic for travelers moving southbound on Koval Lane.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the fire for miles around the valley, and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue were called in to help control the flames. In all, 117 firefighters were called to the scene, and two were transported to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Officials said no civilians were injured.

The Key Largo closed in 2005 to make room for what was supposed to be condominium tower, but those plans never took root. The edifice was built in 1974 and has been abandoned since approximately 2007, Welling said.

Clark County records show the property is owned by CABI Flamingo LLC, which according to media reports is owned by members of the Cababie family, a real estate dynasty behind the Grupo Gicsa development company in Mexico.

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  1. I dont give a rats rear what people say about Vegas making a comeback. As it stands the valley as a whole is half empty and blight is leading to more problems. Note I said problems, not crime. The crime was already there, sometimes blight and lack of funds leads to more problems, and more crime though.....

    Lesson learned, a city needs to make sure that it has secured buildings and holds lenders accountable when there is fall out on an owners behalf financially. The only thing left is a building that has to be policed and cared for at extreme times during emergency and in the event of the building becoming a crime scene.

    You want to solve problems in Detroit and Vegas? Figure out how to clear up some of the vacancy and decay. No, not all the strip malls will be filled, and some of the empty houses may not be worth reviving. Take it as a hit or take it with a little panache and decide to do something out side of the box to fix the problem.

  2. Owned by a real estate dynasty from Mexico! Funny. It's been closed since 05. It's hard to compete with the big corporations in Vegas now. 20,000 people applied to work at a water park for 8 bucks an hour!

  3. Comparing LV to Detroit? The only comparison that is accurate is that both are populated by a slew of parasites that vote in Dumbocrats hell-bent on taxing and spending. However, LV is not bankrupt and about to be taken over by the state as is Detroit. While cronyism and corruption is rife in LV, it pales in comparison to that of Detroit where politicians regularly change three-piece suits for prison jump suits. As for the contributor, it is easy to tell someone else to "take a hit" in their pocketbook. No skin off the contributors nose!

  4. lvfacts101, it is a hit to let it sit there and pay for it to decay? Why not think outside of the box on how to repurpose the building or land so it's not turning in to blight? And to point out the real difference between Vegas and Detroit, I would say it's that Vegas can rely on it's tourist income to some extent. Whereas Detroit with lost business has no other income.

    Yes doubledown, large commercial property owners that have vacant lots are in a doozey of a position when they have no rent coming in, but in much worse of a position if some moron hurts themselves and sues despite being a trespasser, or if the building catches on fire and they're left even more in the tank and upside to boot.

    Policing vacant properties is expensive but preventative maintenance to crime and unintended inhabitants. But when the roof goes, or rats enter and chew threw wires that start fires....when the building starts to erode simply because it stands vacant, there's a bigger problem in that the empty building went from being vacant to being uninhabitable. At that point most 'investors' or complacent property owners that are hoping the economy rebounds enough for them to sell it and not take a loss, at that point when it just caught on fire - they'll probably just walk away and become 'zombie' land owners that just walk away from it all. Then the city's left holding the bag.

  5. The place was a eye sore. Now we have more homeless people LOL